Event to be staged in June within London's historic Guildhall.

This summer, the historic City of London Corporation is to host a conference dedicated to a 200-year-old form of transport. The 29th annual International Cycle History Conference will be staged in the Grade-I listed Guildhall.

The first such conference was held in Glasgow in 1989, and has been hosted in a different city every year since, with events staged in Paris, Boston, Canberra, Lisbon, Toronto and Tokyo, among others.

The Guildhall – home to the City of London Corporation for over 800 years – has been a political powerhouse since the twelfth century. It is on the site of London's Roman amphitheatre, parts of which can be seen in a below-ground-level gallery, complete with neon gladiators.

Denis Johnson's hobby horse riding school, Covent Garden

Denis Johnson's hobby horse riding school, Covent Garden

Delegates at the cycle history conference will take part in a hobby-horse-themed bike ride visiting places of historical significance for the "running machines" from which later sprang modern bicycles. 

Brompton's historic shop now sells the company's up-to-the-minute folding e-bike

Brompton's historic shop now sells the company's up-to-the-minute folding e-bike

The first British bicycle was designed and made in 1819 by coach-builder Denis Johnson. Johnson's workshop on Long Acre, Covent Garden, is now home to a Brompton Bicycle shop.

Brompton MD Will Butler-Adams will be giving an opening address at one of the afternoon sessions of the conference.

During the duration of the conference there will be a hobby-horse exhibition in Guildhall Yard. 

A close-of-conference banquet is to be staged in the Worshipful Company of Cutlers Hall.

On the weekend immediately following the conference there will be a “Blessing of the bicycle/hobby horse” on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral by Rev. Parrott. There will also be a hobby horse re-enactment parade at Brompton’s shop on Long Acre.

The conference will be staged 10-16th June with the papers delivered at the event to be later published in Proceedings, a large-format book.

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