TEDxPortElizabeth will be hosting a TEDx Talk on Friday, 1 July from 08h00 to 18h00. The TEDx event will also be live streamed from the AFDA Port Elizabeth Campus on 28 Bird Street, Central. The theme is: ‘Through The Looking Glass‘.
And the good reason to attend? The AFDA Campus is a wonderful old building with a rich history.
A Port Elizabeth landmark, the triple-storey Old Museum Building at 28 Bird Street, Central was first erected in 1861 as the home of Henry Rutherford, a settler from the British Isles. After changing hands to Adam White Guthrie it became home to the Port Elizabeth Museum and Snake Park opened on 1 February 1919. In February 1947 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth accompanied by their two young Princesses, Elizabeth (then 20-years-old – now Queen of England after ascending to the throne aged 24), and Margaret visited the Old Museum and were treated to a tour and snake park demonstration. See the old Pathe newsreel of the event here: Royal Tour 1947. In the newsreel the Royals are seen standing outside the snake enclosure as a snake handler holds up a snake for them to ‘admire’.
Queen Elizabeth II went on to celebrate her 21st birthday in Cape Town declaring in her speech; “I declare that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to