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In the shadow of the magnolia tree

Fri 28 April, 2023
7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm BST

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If trees could talk, what would they tell us? What have they seen, what have they heard? At Fairfield House, former home of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, there is a sprawling Magnolia tree that has lived a wonderful life. Its blossoms have brought joy to people from all backgrounds and it has grown majestically through both times of war and peace. Its roots have become intertwined with the house itself. Unfortunately, one day it will have to be removed. What special scenes has this tree been witness to? What will happen to it? What can we learn from it? Find out more with Ras Benji, researcher, historian, and project manager at Fairfield House.

Ras Benji is a Rastafari historian and project manager at Fairfield House in Bath, home of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Ethiopian royal family 1936 – 1941. He is also a gardener.