Seminar Day- The Abyssinian Campaign

Abyssinia medal

A seminar day with a range of talks, tours and demonstrations at Bankfield Museum on The Abyssinian Campaign, 1868. The seminar coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Abyssinian Campaign and the Duke of Wellington's Regiment's first VC award. In April 1868, Drummer Magner and Private Bergin became the first Dukes to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The Duke of Wellington's Regiment fought at Magdala, the final battle of the most successful of Queen Victoria’s ‘Little Wars’.

Refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch.


Event Programme

10.00     Assemble at Bankfield Museum. Tea / coffee available. 

10.15     Welcome – John Spencer, Curator, Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum.

10.20     Opening remarks- Jean Broadbent, Chairperson for the day.

10.30     Following in the Footsteps of the British Army to Magdala.  

An illustrated account of the extraordinary preparations, march and battles of the 1868 Abyssinian Campaign. Professor John Macfarlane.

11.20     Ethiopia and Great Britain. Emperor Tewodros II and Queen Victoria I.

A military campaign – disastrous or successful? Dr Dorothea McEwan, The Warburg Institute, London.

12.00     Q +A from the morning session.

12.30     Lunch. Chance to view the Abyssinian Campaign display in the museum.  

1.30       Book launch – Colonel Fanshawe’s account of his Campaign experience.

1.50       Tewodros Prepares for War: 1866 – 1868.  Tony Betts – followed by Q+A.

2.40       "I didn’t know who I was”. John Broadbent great grandson of C/sjt John McGrath of the 33rd Regiment.

3.00        A Soldier’s Lot – the kit of a man on the Campaign. John Spencer and Rev Dr Paul Wilcox BEM.

3.30        Closing remarks – Jean Broadbent.

3.40        Demonstration of a Snider rifle - Rev Dr Paul Wilcox BEM (weather permitting).

4.00        Museum closes.