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Lecture - To Eritrea and Ethiopia with John Pilkington: Retracing a Victorian expedition

John Pilkington

Saturday 5th January 2019

The Church Of Scotland, Crown Court, London, WC2B 5EZ (behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden).

2:30pm to 5:30pm (doors open at 2:15pm), tickets £6, members of the Globetrotters Club £3. No advanced tickets, entry is payable on the door on a first come first served basis.

Two talks are planned for the day, one will be John Pilkington talking about his journey following the route of the Abyssinia Expedition. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served during the interval between talks.

In 1868 Queen Victoria's government mounted an extraordinary bid to rescue a clutch of European hostages in the Ethiopian highlands. A purpose-built port and railway on the Red Sea, and in the mountains 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 been following their route, partly on foot with a donkey, and has been comparing Eritrea and Ethiopia then and now. He found today's people spirited and charming, living in dramatic and extremely challenging lands.

History and adventure combined!

An upstairs room at "The Sun" in Drury Lane has been booked for a chat and a drink after the meeting…



This is the first in the 2019 season of To Eritrea and Ethiopia: Retracing a Victorian Expedition talks being given by John Pilkington. The talk is being given all over the UK, and beyond.

For a full schedule of the talks planned, please visit the John Pilkington website.


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