23 April 2018
at 6.30pm. Exhibition Road doors open at 5.30pm.
1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AR.
Free Members and one guest.
Charlie talks about efforts to save the town’s precious manuscripts from al-Qaeda in 2012-13, and examines the powerful myths that drew early European explorers here.
The fabled city of Timbuktu has captured the Western imagination for centuries. The search for this ‘African El Dorado’ cost the lives of many explorers but Timbuktu is rich beyond its legends. Home to many thousands of ancient manuscripts on poetry, history, religion, law, pharmacology and astronomy, the city has been a centre of learning since medieval times.
When jihadists invaded Mali in 2012 threatening destruction to Timbuktu’s libraries, a remarkable thing happened. A team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the precious manuscripts into hiding.
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