Exhibition cycles through the past in Yorkshire Dales

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THE SPOTLIGHT will fall on Yorkshire in less than a fortnight as the region prepares to stage the Tour de France’s Grand Départ, and a special exhibition is being staged to offers a piece of cycling nostalgia.

A collection of artefacts ranging from bikes to touring maps and photos are featuring in an exhibition entitled Yorkshire Dales Journeys which showcases cycling down the ages at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

Many items for the exhibition were sent in as a result of an appeal by collaborative artist Jan Bee Brown, who worked with museum staff on a project called Daisy, Daisy, tracing the history and the impact of cycling in the Dales. She has created a short film based on the items she received which is included in the exhibition, along with Daisy the tandem, a penny farthing bike on loan from the Richmondshire Museum and a film called from Trike to Bike, which was created by the Yorkshire Film Archive.

Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to our request for stories.” The exhibition runs until September 30.