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Exhibition Launch: A Tale of Two Rivers
Thursday 14 September 2017, 05:30pm - 07:30pm
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A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile

Dr Kirsty Rowan, The Wye Valley Society and the Nubian Languages and Culture Project

Thursday 14 September at 5.30pm

Wye Valley


The exhibition focuses on two sites of outstanding natural beauty - the Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile, and considers the importance of the natural environment for the flourishing of intangible culture.  Much of the Lower Wye forms a natural border between England and Wales and was a major route of travel, trade and industry.  The Nubian Nile valley is an area that extends from the 1st cataract at Aswan in Egypt southwards beyond Dungula Al-'Ajuz in Sudan.  Both these rivers and their communities have been subjected to "unsightly intrusions" particularly the Nubian Nile valley which has suffered catastrophic dam building. This has resulted in forced mass migration and the loss of lands due to inundation.

The exhibition aims to capture corresponding features of the endangered heritage of these two riverside communities.  The images displayed are drawn mainly from the Wye Valley Society archives and the private collection of Prof Herman Bell which were taken prior to the construction of the Aswan High Dam over fifty years ago.

The event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to


Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom