High Sherriff visits to hear about expansion

Joe Barclay, High Sherriff of Buckinghamshire, astride the original boneshaker bikeBuckinghamshire High Sherriff Joe Barclay has made something of a name for himself as a cyclist.

During his year in office the Queen’s representative in Bucks raised an amazing £26,000 for local charities cycling from the far south of the county to Chicheley Hall.

So naturally he couldn’t resist the chance to try out one of the original boneshaking bikes on an official visit this week to hear about Milton Keynes Museum’s £7.3 million expansion plans.

The Velocipede had metal tyres and soon became popularly known as “the boneshaker”. Dating from about 1865 this is one of a collection of rare bikes through the ages in the Museum’s fascinating Hall of Transport.

“I found the farming gallery and the transport section very interesting and the railway exhibits are fabulous,” said Joe. “So much of what people can see in the Museum would have been totally lifechanging in its day, much as the computer or mobile have been for us.”

Anyone interested in seeing the Museum’s extensive collections for themselves should note the attraction, on the outskirts of Wolverton, has now moved to winter opening hours. It is open every weekend 11am-4.30pm. See www.mkmusem.org.uk

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