Monday, 30 June 2014

Glasgow Women's Heritage Cycle Trail

Glasgow Women's Library ( held a heritage cycle trail event in the city on Saturday 28th June to highlight women's cycling history. From its site:

The bicycle has been an important fixture in women’s history. The ride will stop off at Nelson’s Column which was a meeting point for suffragette rallies. The bicycle enabled suffragettes to distribute leaflets and promote events, thus playing an important role in the women’s suffrage movement. The route will also take cyclists to Anderston, where industries such as shipbuilding and engineering thrived. Many women were employed in these industries and cycling gave them a greater freedom and independence. It changed the way they dressed as the restrictive styles of the 19th Century weren’t conducive to riding a bike.

The full story is at

Although the trail has already happened, you can pick up a copy of the Women’s Heritage Bike Ride map from the Library, which is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm and 7pm on a Thursday. (It's based in the same building complex as the Mitchell Library)

(With thanks to Sue Johns and Gabrielle Macbeth)


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.

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