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Tour H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I's Home during Black History Month

An Emperor’s Palace in Bath In celebration of Black History Month, Fairfield House, 2 Kelston Road, BA1 3QJ, is opening each Sunday in October to visitors by guided tour. This hidden piece of Bath’s history holds an amazing story, home to His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, during his difficult years of exile from Ethiopia from 1936, while he worked tirelessly to get his country back. Discover stories about his court in exile, his prophetic speech to the League of Nations, his faith, his friendship with Sylvia Pankhurst, Empress Menen’s role in educating young women and the young Princes’ time in Bath. So warm was the welcome from the people of Bath, that in gratitude he gifted the house to the Corporation of Bath for use by the Elderly. Today it is cared for and presented by its diverse communities, comprising the elders of Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association, local people and both the Ethiopian and Rastafari community, as a cultural beacon and place of pilgrimage for those of the African diaspora and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to hear the history and understand the deep connection the Emperor made with the City of Bath. An uplifting and inspiring slice of Black History for our times. Tours last just over 60 minutes, starting on the hour at 10-4pm inclusive, and include the gardens. Adults £10, Senior Citizens and Students £8, Children aged 6-18 £5, Children 5 and under free. Visitors are encouraged to use the no 19 Bus (Partis College bus stop) or walk, limited parking onsite will be subject to an additional charge of £5 (except blue badge holders). If travelling by Car, please enter via the main gate ( usually closed ) on Kelston Road. This is a ticketed event. Please show your support for Fairfield house and this progressive endeavour by purchasing tickets before the day. Limited Tickets Available :



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