It was an exciting times recently at Fairfield house as we received renowned expert on Ethiopian history Dr Richard Pankhurst's Ethiopian library collection, kindly donated to our study room by Richard's daughter, scholar and women's rights activist Dr Helen Pankhurst.
During His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Ethiopian Royal Family's time in exile, Sylvia Pankhurst was one of the most active and persistent supporters of the Ethiopian cause. After the liberation of Ethiopia, Sylvia relocated permanently to Ethiopia to assist the Emperor in the great task of rebuilding his country. Sylvia and Richard are both remembered as honorary Ethiopians, and upon their passing received burials in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa. A big thankyou to Dr Helen and the whole Pankhurst family for these donations. They reached Fairfield house safely and will be greatly treasured by us and anyone that spends time researching in the study room, particularly by academic students during their placements at Fairfield.
We recently had a Freedom in the City Festival event that was a great rememberance of Sylvia Pankhurst and her contribution to Ethiopia. This and all events so far in the Freedom of the City Festival are available to watch back via Crowdcast.io/fitcadmin