Video: Gus Casely-Hayford on Timbuktu at BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend

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Art historian Gus Casely-Hayford captivated his audience at BBC History Magazine‘s History Weekend in Malmesbury, when he gave his lecture on Timbuktu.

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The historian, who presented the BBC series Lost Kingdoms of Africa in 2012 and wrote the accompanying book, explored how Timbuktu, a medieval trading citadel, became a 16th-century intellectual capital, and then a modern strategic target.

Here’s what he told us after the lecture:

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To find out more about the 2014 History Weekend, and to buy tickets, visit www.historyweekend.com