African Monarchs: Celebrating Historical Kings & Queens of Africa

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Join local author and poet Natty Mark Samuels for an interactive workshop!

In the year that Britain celebrates the Platinum Jubilee, I invite you to African Monarch: Celebrating the Historical Kings and Queens. We’ll be looking at certain figures and why they are honoured, such as King Moshoshoe (pronounced Mo-shwesh-shweh) of Lesotho and Queen Idia of Benin. You and I will explore pre-colonial royalty, in countries such as Ghana, Angola and South Africa. Were they honoured for pioneering educational opportunities? Military strategies? Diplomacy? Governmental reforms? Come with me, as we traverse sub-Saharan Africa, visiting a few of the courts, of the medieval and early modern period.


This event is recommended for family groups and children ages 10+. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult and everyone must have a ticket.

There are two one-hour long sessions,1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm. PLEASE NOTE 1-2PM SESSION CANCELLED.

Access requirements

Disabled and pushchair access available to Museum Makers Space in the Basement floor, where the event is held. Level entry access is via the entrance closest to Carfax (to the left of the main steps as you face the Town Hall). Further access information can be found here.
Please contact the Museum team if you’d like to talk to a member of staff about your access requirements.

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