Cycling to Suffrage on BBC Two “Inside The Factory: Bicycles”


You may have seen me pedaling across your television screen this summer!

Ruth Goodman on a TricycleAs part of BBC Two’s “Inside the Factory: Bicycles,” Ruth Goodman and I explore the significance of cycling to women’s emancipation. Using archival materials from The Woman’s Library, LSE we look at how the bicycle became part of the votes for women campaign.

The segment is in an episode of the series where Gregg Wallace and Cherry Gregg Wallace at Brompton FactoryHealey go inside the Brompton Factory to see how these innovative machines come together. Other segments highlight issues in modern cycling culture, safety, and racing. You’ll also see other cycling historians discussing the golden age of Highwheelers and folding bikes taken into battle during the two world wars.

“Inside the Factory: Bicycles” first aired 16 August 2016. You can catch in on BBC iPlayer for a limited time.

About Sheila Hanlon

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