Frank Oates & King Lobengula: Encounter on the frontier of empire

Hosted by Gilbert White's House, Selborne


Tuesday 10 January to Sunday 26 March 2023


Free with admission


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This exhibition explores the relationship between Frank Oates and King Lobengula, and has been curated and researched by Dr Joe Higgins of The University of Southampton.

It is September 1873. Frank Oates is keen to make his career as an explorer and naturalist. He seeks to be one of the first Europeans to see the Victoria Falls (on the border between what are today Zambia and Zimbabwe). To reach the Falls, Oates needs to pass through the lands of King Lobengula of the Ndebele nation, for which he needs royal permission…