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The Raleigh Project

To celebrate 125 years of Raleigh and innovation, the Centre for Advanced Studies, organised a series of events in partnership with community theatre company Hanby and Barrett.

The Raleigh Project was a joint initiative co-ordinated by the School of English, School of Computer Science, School of Education and the School of History.

A series of lectures and discussions took place on the home of Raleigh in Nottingham, now the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus, celebrating the site as a home of industry, innovation and as a focus point of Nottingham's heritage.

Brompton Bicycles: the story so far

Andrew Ritchie, designer of the Brompton folding bicycle and founder of Brompton Bicycles

Tuesday 21 February 2012, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

LT2, The Exchange

Launching the University’s Raleigh Bike Project, where leading academics and local communities explore the history and legacy of bicycle manufacture on what is now the Jubilee Campus, Ritchie delivered an entertaining talk about the development of this famous folding cycle, his innovative approach to design, to creating a company and what distinguishes the company today. The Brompton is a hand built bike which, in all its manifestations, rides superbly, is safe, agile and fast, yet folds easily and quickly into a highly-compact and portable package.

Andrew Ritchie left university in 1968 with degree in Engineering; he started out in the nascent field of computing, but soon realised he preferred the idea of being self-employed. Before long he found himself working as a landscape gardener but a chance meeting with a backer of the fledgling Bickerton folding bicycle changed his life.

Read more about the 'Brompton Bicycles: the story so far' event.

Roger Lovell of Cycle Magic: Origins of the Cycle Industry

Tuesday 28 February 2012, 6pm
LT2, The Exchange

The forty years following the introduction of the bicycle into England was a time of great opportunity for manufacturers, entrepreneurs and inventors alike. The constant race to develop a better machine led to a wide range of new designs, although not all of them were either commercially viable or an improvement on the current model.

A company backing the wrong design or failing to predict a new trend could soon find itself with an outdated product and many of them went out of business. Those making the correct choices were rewarded with a greater market share, a recognised brand name and a long-term future in the development of the bicycle.

Roger Lovell delved into the evolution of cycling from 1868 to 1900 and look at many of the unsuccessful attempts to produce the perfect bicycle.

Read more about the 'Roger Lovell of Cycle Magic' event.

Back to the Pedal and Bar

Tuesday 6 March 2012, 6pm - 8pm
LT2, The Exchange

A group of former Raleigh employees returned to their place of work - now a lecture theatre on the Jubilee Campus of The University of Nottingham - telling it like it was. This event brings the focus to Nottingham and its workers.

Members of the Retired Raleigh Workers Association explained what they did for a living, how a bicycle was made and what Raleigh meant to them, as employees in the world famous factory.

Read more about the 'Back to the Pedal and Bar' event.

Film Weekend at Broadway Cinema

Saturday 10 March 2012

Belleville Rendez-Vous, 1pm

Bicycle Dreams & Q+A, 5pm

The film was introduced by the only British cyclist ever to complete Race Across America, Chris Hopkinson. The European 24 Hour Champion also took part in a post-screening Q&A session.

Sunday 11 March 2012

Pedal Powered Smoothies, 12 noon - 4pm

Remembering Raleigh, 3.30pm

The Kid with a Bike, 5.30pm

John MacNaughtan and Tim Buxton of Raleigh Bikes talk on Raleigh's International Reach and 'Where next for Raleigh?'

Tuesday 20 March 2012, 6pm
LT2, The Exchange

Made in Nottingham, ridden around the world. In 1902 his Highness the Kumar Rajah of Bobbili was proudly pictured with a Raleigh, and by 1910 the company was exporting its bicycles as far afield as Russia, Liberia, Tasmania, Armenia, Java, Trinidad, Nigeria, Argentina and Madagascar. We join the Managing Directors of Raleigh International and Merida Cycles as they shared stories of selling bikes across the planet - dealing with civil war, revolution and the impact of globalisation - and ended the series by thinking aloud about the future face of the industry.

Celebrate Cycling- Community Performance & Family Fun Day

Saturday 16 June 2012
Jubilee Campus

Read more about the 'Celebrate Cycling' event.

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