Riding and reading


DSCF1103Last month, our members were treated to the first ever CMT coach trip: a site-visit to the Cambridge-curated exhibition at Belton House, Lincolnshire, which is displaying books and maps collected by several generations of the Brownlow family on their Grand Tours across Europe. Among the highlights was the reading/exercise chair shown below, which allowed its users to bounce up and down as if on horseback whilst working their way through Gibbon’s Decline and Fall or catching up on the latest Austen. A machine for creating the healthy mind in a healthy body, it even sat in the corner of a bedroom, like its modern equivalents. (Would we be right to guess that exercise bikes double up as places of reading for many of their users?)

For a new report on the exhibition, which runs until 3 November 2013, click here.DSCF1080  DSCF1087

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