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John Pilkington
To Eritrea and Ethiopia – Retracing a Victorian Expedition


This is a talk, organised by the Friends of Whitchurch Silk Mill, by the modern day adventurer and explorer John Pilkington.

In 1868 the British government mounted an extraordinary bid to rescue a clutch of European hostages in the Ethiopian highlands, they built a Red Sea port, then a railway across the coastal plain, and finally imported 44 Indian elephants and commissioned 26,000 local people to serve the soldiers and carry their heavy guns into the heart of Africa.

150 years later John has followed their route, partly on foot with a donkey, and has been comparing Eritrea and Ethiopia then and now. Supported by stunning photographs this has been described as ‘his best talk so far’ and the others have been excellent!

Tickets available from the Mill shop – £15 or £12 if you are a member of the Friends and include a glass of wine or soft drink.

You are advised to book early as John’s talks are invariably sold out.

Event Details

Date: May 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm This event has expired
Venue: Whitchurch Silk Mill