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John Pilkington FRSGS: Retracing a Victorian Expedition (EDINBURGH)

8th November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In 1868, Queen Victoria’s government mounted an extraordinary mission to rescue a small clutch of European hostages in the Abyssinian Highlands. They built a Red Sea port, then a railway, and finally brought in 44 Indian elephants and 26,000 local people to carry their heavy guns. A hundred and fifty years later, John followed in their footsteps in a bid to compare this world then and now.

Tickets can be reserved via the Eventbrite website – please follow the link below. For most talks, tickets will also be available on the night, on the door. If booking a Tiso or RSGS member ticket please be sure to bring your card(s) along.  Thank you.

RSGS Inspiring People talks are open to all. We are pleased to say that this year’s talks programme is being run in partnership with Tiso, the outdoor retail specialist. Entry is £10 for adults, £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience cardholders, and free for RSGS members, students and U18s.


Royal Scottish Geographical Society


University of Edinburgh
LT4, Appleton Tower
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 United Kingdom
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