San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A look at the little-known history of the ancient Malian city and the story of how it rose to become a centre of medieval learning with author and TV presenter Dr Gus Casely-Hayford.
Dr Casely-Hayford will also talk about how Timbuktu was almost destroyed by a rebel invasion in 2013, and its thousand year old libraries burned - it is a tragic story, thankfully with a happy ending.
Part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.
About the speaker
Gus Casely-Hayford is perhaps best known as author, researcher and presenter of Lost Kingdoms of Africa and many other tv programmes but he has an extremely impressive cv as the former Executive Director of Arts Strategy for Arts Council England, previously Director of the Institute of International Visual Art, prior to that he was the Director of Africa 05 arts festival and he has advised the United Nations and other international bodies.