Haile Selassie in Bath – a walk about the Ethiopian Emperor’s exile in Bath between 1936 and 1940.
This walk around central Bath gives some fascinating insights into the Emperor’s life after fleeing here after the Italian invasion of his country. The walk will also deal with his struggles and triumphs during his time in exile and explores the considerable impact he made on the local residents.
During most of his exile the Emperor lived at Fairfield House on the outskirts of Bath on the road to Kelston. Although this residence is too far away to include in the walk, stories and photographs from his time there will be incorporated. The Emperor is also associated with several other places in Bath, including the prestigious Bath Spa Hotel, and these will be visited on the walk.
The walk will be led by Keith Bowers who has published a book called Imperial Exile, the first full account of the Emperor’s experiences as a refugee in Bath. Keith now lives in Bath but taught for several years at Addis Ababa University whose campus previously housed Haile Selassie’s palace.
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The walk is about 2 miles and will take approximately 1.5 hours. It’s mainly on pavements but does include some steps.