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A few weeks ago I was invited by BBC1 Countryfile to Blists Hill Victorian Town, a period village in Telford, near Birmingham. I was interviewed talking about, cycling in and demonstrating some of the inventive early women cyclists' responses to the challenges to their freedom of movement.

Wonderfully, the presenter, Ellie Harrison, got into the full Bygrave costume and cycled around to gain a sense of how these costumes might have enabled and constrained Victorian women of the time.

The programme is broadcast on Sunday 19th May.

More on the BBC Countryfile site:

Queen Victoria
This month marks 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birth, so Countryfile is exploring the Victorians' fascination with nature and the great outdoors. Matt Baker visits Queen Victoria’s beloved country retreat, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, where preparations for the celebrations are well underway. Ellie Harrison finds out about the rebellious Victorian women’s cycling clubs. John Craven delves into Darwin’s theory of sexual selection and his issues with the flamboyant peacock. Margherita Taylor takes a microscopic view of the Victorian obsession with science and the ordering of nature, Adam Henson meets the dairy farmer who overcame adversity to realise his dream, and Tom Heap looks at the impact of bringing Britain’s biggest bird of prey back to our skies.

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