Leg it! - Saturday 17 March to Sunday 15 April

Press Release: 12/03/2012

Leg it! exhibition

The ‘Leg It’ exhibition gives visitors to City Space an opportunity to see one of Winchester Museums’ most fascinating objects, a rarely exhibited example of an original late eighteenth century sedan chair. As well as offering a taste of Georgian elegance, with period costumes from Hampshire County Council Arts and Museum Service, the ‘Leg it!’ exhibition invites visitors to think about how people got from A to B using muscle power alone. From medieval bone ice skates to the legendary Sinclair C5, on loan from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, this exhibition highlights just a few of the many ingenious ways human beings have found to get around under their own steam.      

Cllr. Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport for Winchester City Council said:

This intriguing and thought provoking exhibition offers visitors to City Space an opportunity to consider how people down the ages have approached the challenge of travelling, even relatively short distances, with the minimum of effort. Visitors will also be encouraged to think about their own journeys and the impact they have on their local environment”

Discover how much it cost to hire a sedan chair in the eighteenth century, and the significant part Micheldever Station played in the arrival of the first automobile in Britain, changing all our lives forever.

Pop into the exhibition on Wednesday 4 April between 10.30am and 4pm, and you will find members of the Solent Veteran Bicycle and Tricycle Club in City Space with some of their amazing machines to give visitors a taste of cycling in a more elegant age.

If what you see in the exhibition makes you think about the way you travel from A to B then Winchester Action Against Climate Change will have a small display with some ideas for reducing your own carbon footprint and develop a healthier lifestyle in the process.

Leg it! opens on Saturday 17 March and runs until Sunday 15 April. 

City Space opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Sunday opening from 1 April 11 – 3pm

Admission is free.