Whilst in Exile, Fairfield House was the home of Haile Selassie from 1936 – 1941. On his death Selassie left it to the City of Bath, to be used by the elderly as a care/support home.
The mission of The Friends of Fairfield House is to preserve and develop the legacy of the gift left by Haile Selassie I. The House is available to all who need it.
Since 1995, the Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association (BEMSCA) is used as a day center, which provides a luncheon club service for Caribbean, Asian and Chinese elderly people. It is also used by the Weston Village Townswomen Guild Bridge Group and the Rastafarians who believe that Selassie was the incarnation of god.
This work is about the people who go there to run the house; the elderly people who meet and socialise there as there is no other place for them to go to in Bath.
Their voices, their stories and their traditions must be listened to, contemplated, remembered forever, reflected on and retold.
I see shades of hope. No matter where they are from and where are they now, there is a refined gesture of hope projected through these sensitive faces.
Maybe, like us they are hoping for a better tomorrow.
© 2019 Catia Cordeiro Photography