A timeline of objects can tell a narrative story a simple and engaging way. Before we even read any text in this display, we understand that the museum wants us to think about the story of cycling in London. If visitors are intrigued, they can go in closer, but they don’t need a word from the museum if they don’t want.
Technical advances in bicycle design over the last century have matched the social changes that London has witnessed. This display isn’t there any more (it’s from 2015) but the story of cycling in the capital continues.