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Launch of ADRI research seminar series
Thursday 1 November, Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University

ADRI research seminars series launch with Nicholas Oddy:

'This Hill is Dangerous', a close analysis of a cyclists' danger board from the early 1880s

'CYCLISTS' This Hill Is DANGEROUS reads the text on one of the earliest modern road signs, a 'danger board' issued by The Scottish Cyclists' Union. It is one amongst a plethora of others issued by national cycling organisations in the early 1880s, different from previous road signage in being concerned with hazards and safe passage, rather than directions and geography. Using the methodologies of object analysis this paper proposes that, as with so many things to do with road transport, cycling had set a precedent for something now taken for granted, and one that was to act as a double-edged sword for the future of the activity.

About the presenter:

Nicholas Oddy trained and qualified initially as a ceramics and glass maker in Edinburgh before taking an MA in Design History at the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum. He lectured at Teesside and Dundee before moving to Glasgow in 1993. Responsible for design history teaching across Glasgow School of Art, with specialist input in the areas of product design, ceramics and graphics. His main academic research interests focus on late 19th and early 20th century mass manufactures and commercial design, particularly the cycle and related industries. Currently working on a PhD exploring the relationship between the aesthetic, technology and use of cycles from 1870-1950. Also a lifelong collector of numerous objects that would normally fall under the title of 'collectors' items'. A frequent contributor to arcane collectors' publications and freelance consultant to various auctioneers, dealers and private collectors.

Location: Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University London

Time: Thursday 1 November from 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Light refreshments are available.

 

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