John Pilkington - Eritrea & Ethiopia
A talk by Hampshire's award winning adventurer at Romsey Library
Retracing a Victorian Expedition
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.
A hundred and fifty years later, 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.
John presents his findings accompanied, as ever, by his stunning photographs.
John Pilkington is one of Britain's most experienced explorers and public speakers.
John made his name in the 1980s as a travel writer and photographer, and more recently has become known for his thought-provoking, richly illustrated talks and his adventure travel documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
He has spoken to over 1,000 audiences in six countries, and holds the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)' Ness Award for popularising geography and the wider understanding of the world.