The ever popular John Pilkington returns with fascinating new talk about his recent adventures retracing the steps of a Victorian expedition across Africa.
In 1868 Queen Victoria's governemnt mounted an extraordinary bid to rescue a dozen European hostages n the Ethiopian highlands, involving a purpose-built port and railway on the Red Sea. 13,000 British and Indian soldiers, 26,000 camp followers, and more than 40,000 animals including 44 elephants. You couldn't make it up!
John has followed their route, partly on foot with a donkey, and has been comparing Eritrea and Ethiopia then and now. He found today's people spiritd and energetic, living in dramatic and extremely challenging lands. It was history and adventure combined!
Tickets: £12 (£10 members)
Please arrive no later than 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start. Why not come by earlier and have a drink in the bar, open from 6pm.