Frames Of Mind are thrilled to have been awarded funding for our Full Cycle project. This is our first direct funding from Heritage Lottery, which builds on the success of Counter Culture about the heritage of Corner Shops in Newham.

Heritage Lottery Fund press release

‘Full- Cycle’, will look at the cycling history of Forest Gate, which was an important cycling epicentre in the late 19thcentury, as the gateway to Epping Forest. This unique heritage will be explored through the lens of Edward Ernest Etty, better known as Ted. At 95 years old, he has owned Etty & Tyler motor & cycle repair shop in Newham since the 1950s.

Ted has lived and worked in Newham most of his life and witnessed over 70 years of changing socio-political and cultural trends from a two-wheel perspective. The project will create a fascinating documentary film, ‘Mechanically Minded’ preserving Ted’s legacy.

Full-Cycle will use stop frame animation to explore cycling with primary school children and work with cycling organisations, community groups and Newham Archives to collect anecdotes, photographs and memorabilia. This archive of fascinating material, intertwined with Ted’s stories, will inform an immersive ‘Full-Cycle QR bike trail’, celebrating local heritage and get people peddling.

Ted Quote:

“I’ve always been mechanically minded ……. Trends come and go, but the workings of the bicycle, have basically stayed the same. “

“I’m really pleased that my stories will be preserved for good… and…I’ve got a lot of them! “

Credit The National Lottery Heritage Fund – Andrew Baker Photographer