The First Bicycle and My First Bicycle

This summer, Dumfries Museum is hosting a new exhibition celebrating the history of the bicycle and all that it has meant for people in terms of freedom, fitness, leisure and work. None of these developments would have been possible without the first bicycle. Built by Kirkpatrick MacMillan in 1839, the museum is pleased to have an example on display that features prominently in this exhibition.

To enhance this exhibition and highlight the significance of the bicycle to all of our lives, the museum is looking for photographs showing people with or on their first bicycle. These photographs will be displayed near the example of the first bicycle.

Councillor Ian Blake, Chair of the Councils Communities Committee said: “We hope that lots of people will get involved in this community initiative, and we look forward to seeing many photos of the people of Dumfries and Galloway on display in our museums.”

We all remember our first bike and many of us have photographs of ourselves with our pride and joy. If you would like to share your photograph with us, please email it to [email protected] or phone 01387 253374 to speak with a member of staff. You are also be welcome to bring your photograph to the museum during its opening hours.

“The timing of this exhibition is ideal as Dumfries and Galloway welcomes the UCI Cycling World Championships in August” said Councillor Jackie McCamon. “Now is the time to celebrate the cycling heritage of our region.”

Photographs will be on display throughout August in Dumfries Museum to celebrate the Summer of Cycling.

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