The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
Lectures - Axumite kingdom and the foundation of Lalibela + Conservation of the Abba Garima Gospels
Professor David Phillipson + Lester Capon
Wednesday 28th November 2012
Ethiopian Evening at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT
Wednesday, 28th November 2012 6.15–8.15pm
Professor David Phillipson will give a brief overview of the history of Ethiopia covering the Axumite kingdom and the foundation of Lalibela, both important sites in Ethiopia.
Lester Capon will describe his trip to the monastery at Abba Garima where he has been conserving two 6th century Gospels.
The talks will be followed by a drink and a chance to talk to these experts about their experiences in Ethiopia in the wonderful hall at the Artworkers' Guild.
We hope you will be able to attend and would be grateful if you could RSVP Ethiopian Heritage Fund to book a place as space is limited.
David Phillipson - Professor of African Archaeology at Cambridge University (retired), Director of the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. Emeritus Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Honorary Professor at UCL, a Fellow of the British Academy and a former President of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.Actively engaged in the study of Ethiopia, and was awarded the Society of Antiquaries of London ‘Frend Medal’ for his research on the archaeology of Ethiopian Christianity. Emeritus Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Honorary Professor at UCL, a Fellow of the British Academy and a former President of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.
Lester Capon - trained at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts from 1975 - 1977. He trained with and worked for James Brockman from 1977 - 1993. This involved working on a wide range of books, repairing manuscripts and early printed books and fine binding and presentation boxes. From 1993 - 2000 he was Programme Manager for the Fine Binding and Conservation course at Guildford College. Since 2000 he has worked as a self- employed bookbinder in Tewkesbury; He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in1986 and was President from 2003 - 2005. Collections include - British Library, HRHRC Texas, John Rylands University Library Manchester, Liverpool Library, private collections in U.K. and abroad.