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‘It means freedom’ – Glasgow museum sketch helps tell story of women and cycling

'It means freedom' - Glasgow museum sketch helps tell story of women and cycling

Pictured is Dr Jo Meacock with her bike outside the Burrell Collection in Pollok Country park, Glasgow. Jo is curator of British Art for Glasgow…

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Pictured is Dr Jo Meacock with her bike outside the Burrell Collection in Pollok Country park, Glasgow. Jo is curator of British Art for Glasgow Museums…Burrell Collection preview ahead of its official opening on the 29th March 2022 following the THERE is a line in the 1897 book Lady Cycling: What to Wear & How To Ride, that always makes Dr Joanna Meacock laugh.

“Some wise people say that corsets should be discarded for cycling,” it reads. “This is not correct […] a pair of woollen-cased corsets afford great support; they keep the figure from going all abroad, and protect the vital parts from chills.”

Joanna laughs: “I love that. The book also suggests women shouldn’t race on bikes – ‘the racing woman will only hurt herself by her action’ . And I like the following advice too: ‘Putting aside the question as to whether it is quite nice for ladies to run alone the gauntlet of the vulgar chaff sometimes hurled at them – from whichever point it is looked at, lady riders are best out of traffic.’" She grins: “We have all had ‘vulgar chaff’ thrown at us, haven’t we?” Cycling is a big passion for Joanna, which is why she is particularly drawn to a quirky sketch called Girl on Bicycle, by Joseph Crawhall, the latest item to feature in our Secret Life of… series. Glasgow Times: Girl on Bicycle’, by Joseph Crawhall. Pic: Glasgow Museums Sir William Burrell devoted more than 75 years of his life to […]

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