Author Archives: Sheila Hanlon

About Sheila Hanlon

Dr Sheila Hanlon is a historian specialising in women's cycling history.

The Battersea Park Cyclists’ Row

The bicycle literally and figuratively transported women beyond the bounds of the home and into public space in late-Victorian London. Not surprisingly, this incursion into open areas, such as city streets and country lanes, caused mild moral panic among a … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Cycle Races at The Royal Aquarium: A Late Victorian Sporting Spectacle

S.Begg, Lisette takes the lead at The Royal Aquarium, 1896 On November 18th, 1895 novice racer Monica Harwood, a young woman from Buckinghamshire who had only learned to bicycle six months earlier, took her place on the track at The … Continue reading

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A Christmas Cycling Wish, c. 1898

Happy holidays to all of you out there on two wheels! A Christmas Wish May you steer a steady course and everything go well, No obstacles your pathway cross, when you ring the belle! Image source: Christmas Card, c. 1898 … Continue reading

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Over the Alps on a Bicycle by Elizabeth Robins Pennell Available for Kindle

Elizabeth Robins Pennell’s 1898 book Over the Alps on a Bicycle, illustrated by her husband Joseph Pennell, is now available on Kindle. This edition was “re-mastered” so to speak as an e-book by Cathy Ryan for Eltanin Publishing from the original … Continue reading

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Imperial Bicyclists: Women travel writers on wheels in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century world

Early one morning at the end of August 1884, Elizabeth Robins Pennell and her husband Joseph Pennell strapped their luggage to their tricycle and wheeled out of Russell Square before anyone else was stirring. They headed south toward London Bridge, … Continue reading

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“Woman power” bicycle kanga from The British Museum

Powerful women on bicycles are everywhere these days–even in the stairwells of The British Museum! The “Woman power” bicycle kanga shown above hangs in The British Museum’s North Stairs near the Africa galleries. It was printed for the Kali Mata … Continue reading

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Flora Drummond: The Suffragette General

There’s a new addition the Wheelwomen pages, Flora Drummond. Check out her entry by clicking thr link above to find out more about how, as a member of the WSPU organising body, Flora contributed to the WSPU cause in England and Scotland. … Continue reading

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Suffragettes on Wheels Talk at LBK, April 28th

Suffragettes on Wheels: The Bicycle and the Edwardian Votes for Women campaign, Talk at The London Bike Kitchen, April 28th I’ll be presenting an all cycling, all campaigning suffragettes on wheels bonanza Monday 28 April at the London Bike Kitchen. … Continue reading

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Mrs Fawcett’s Bicycle License: Cycling stories from the archive

  Cycling history turns up in the strangest places. Millicent Garrett Fawcett’s permit to drive a bicycle in turn of the century Johannesburg, shown above, is one such curiosity from the archives. This small paper license was one of the … Continue reading

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Wheelwomen

Announcing The New Wheelwomen Page Wheelwomen is a micro-project featuring short profiles of women who made cycling history. While many of these individuals appear in the broader body of cycling and women’s history, they deserve attention in their own right. … Continue reading

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