'Abdu'l-Baha, photographed during His visit to London by the famous Lafayette studio. He spent four weeks in the city in September 1911, and later returned from December 1912 to January 1913.
In Bristol, on 23-25 September, local Baha'is recalled 'Abdu'l-Baha's weekend visit 100 years ago. Here they can be seen outside the house where 'Abdu'l-Baha stayed. Prayers, storytelling, songs and dramatic presentations, held at two locations in the city, were described as "uplifting" and "inspiring" by participants.
In Switzerland, Baha'is met at the University of Geneva on 27-28 August, to mark the centenary of 'Abdu'l-Baha's four-day visit to the city. In workshop sessions, such as the one pictured, small groups discussed the current needs and activities of the Baha'i community and how the example of 'Abdu'l-Baha could inspire their efforts.
Recollections of 'Abdu'l-Baha's travels to France underpinned the discussions at the annual residential Baha'i summer school in France, held this year in Evian, 27 August-3 September. Here, a prayer is recited in the Persian language alongside projected images of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
A group in the town of Reading, England, met on Saturday 10 September to read and study together the words of 'Abdu'l-Baha's first public talk in the West, which He gave at London's City Temple exactly 100 years earlier.
On 15 September, a dramatic work depicting 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit as seen through the eyes of his host in London – Lady Blomfield – was performed at Leighton House Museum in Kensington. Sarah Perceval, pictured, wrote the script and played Lady Blomfield. A television producer in the audience remarked how the play made him "think about the essence of 'Abdu'l-Baha, His time in prison, the traits and qualities He manifested in His life..." Photo by Leila Barbaro.
On 17 September, the local Baha'i community of Westminster hosted a meeting of prayers, music and stories at St. John's, Smith Square, 100 years to the day after 'Abdu'l-Baha spoke at the church. Pictured center, wearing a chain of office, is Councillor Cyril Nemeth, who represented the Mayor of Westminster at the gathering. Dr. Nemeth informed the group of Westminster Council's policy to support religious diversity and good interfaith relations.
On 17 September, the local Baha'i community of Westminster hosted a meeting of prayers, music and stories at St. John's, Smith Square, a full century after 'Abdu'l-Baha spoke at the church.
The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councillor Sheila Carlson – pictured center – attended a community gathering on 10 September 2011, marking the centenary of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit to England. Ms. Carlson said that she thought schoolchildren should learn about 'Abdu'l-Baha, along with Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa.
On Thursday 29 September, a reception was held at the United Kingdom's national Baha'i centre for descendents and relatives of individuals who had met 'Abdu'l-Baha during his stay in the city. Among the guests was Sam Leonard, pictured left, who is the great-grandson of Wellesley Tudor Pole (1884-1968), an early British devotee of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
British actor and musician Ed Tudor-Pole, pictured right, at a reception on Thursday 29 September at the national Baha'i centre in London which brought together descendents and relatives of individuals who had met 'Abdu'l-Baha during his visits to the city, as well as representatives from organizations that 'Abdu'l-Baha had met with100 years ago. Mr. Tudor-Pole, is the grandson of Wellesley Tudor Pole (1884-1968), an early British devotee of 'Abdu'l-Baha and His host in Bristol.