David Livingstone Birthplace

David Livingstone Birthplace David Livingstone’s Birthplace invites you to follow Livingstone’s journey from Blantyre to Africa, through our new interactive exhibition. David Livingstone’s Birthplace's stunning new exhibition showcases Livingstone’s life, from his birth in Blantyre to his death in Zambia.

Follow the famous Scottish missionary and explorer, from right here in Blantyre, Scotland to Southern and Central Africa. Using the exhibition’s interactive displays, you'll discover the communities and people who played a pivotal part in Livingstone’s life and expeditions, before reflecting on his legacy. The museum is set in 11 acres of beautiful park land, and includes nature trails, the Livingstone and Lion sculpture, and a brand-new play park!

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Looking for a new museum to explore this weekend? Our stunning new exhibition tells the story of Scottish abolitionist, ...
10/09/2021

Looking for a new museum to explore this weekend?

Our stunning new exhibition tells the story of Scottish abolitionist, missionary and explorer: David Livingstone.

Open daily, 10am till 5pm (last admission 4pm). Tickets available online, or on the door! More info: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Looking for a new museum to explore this weekend?

Our stunning new exhibition tells the story of Scottish abolitionist, missionary and explorer: David Livingstone.

Open daily, 10am till 5pm (last admission 4pm). Tickets available online, or on the door! More info: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Have you visited our museum and noticed the beautiful, hand-painted illustrations that adorn our walls? The illustration...
10/09/2021

Have you visited our museum and noticed the beautiful, hand-painted illustrations that adorn our walls?

The illustrations were created by artist Margot Lombaert, and painted by Telfer Graphics. Fun fact: the handwriting used was inspired by Livingstone's own handwriting, which littered his many diaries 🖊

Read more about the process here: https://bit.ly/DLBMargot

Have you visited our museum and noticed the beautiful, hand-painted illustrations that adorn our walls?

The illustrations were created by artist Margot Lombaert, and painted by Telfer Graphics. Fun fact: the handwriting used was inspired by Livingstone's own handwriting, which littered his many diaries 🖊

Read more about the process here: https://bit.ly/DLBMargot

We're on Page 14 of the Scottish Case Studies 😊"...the museum has created a brand new exhibition that re-contextualises ...
09/09/2021

We're on Page 14 of the Scottish Case Studies 😊

"...the museum has created a brand new exhibition that re-contextualises Livingstone’s story, bringing to the fore the voices previously unheard including those of his wife Mary and his African
crew members. We have explored the complex questions inherent in these matters, Livingstone’s role in these, and in particular what his legacy today actually is."

⚡ How are museums changing lives in Scotland? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

We're delighted to launch a new series of 10 case studies, joining our existing collections from Northern Ireland and Wales, capturing just how successfully the Scottish museum sector has adapted and developed its socially impactful practice at a very specific moment in time.

Read on 👉 http://ow.ly/a7Df50G3VXx

What's the perfect activity for a rainy day? Visiting us, of course! We're open 10am till 5pm (last admission is 4pm). T...
09/09/2021

What's the perfect activity for a rainy day? Visiting us, of course!

We're open 10am till 5pm (last admission is 4pm). Tickets available online or on the door - www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Livingstone began work at the Blantyre Mill at just 10 years old. He was a Piecer; that meant he repaired broken threads...
08/09/2021

Livingstone began work at the Blantyre Mill at just 10 years old. He was a Piecer; that meant he repaired broken threads and gathered waste and fluff.

He used this brush to sweep up; he had to be very careful crawling about under moving machinery. Some piecers lost limbs and some even lost their lives.

You can find out more about Livingstone's early life in Blantyre at our museum. Get your tickets online at: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Livingstone began work at the Blantyre Mill at just 10 years old. He was a Piecer; that meant he repaired broken threads and gathered waste and fluff.

He used this brush to sweep up; he had to be very careful crawling about under moving machinery. Some piecers lost limbs and some even lost their lives.

You can find out more about Livingstone's early life in Blantyre at our museum. Get your tickets online at: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Excited about the new ABBA tracks..?Did you know that ABBA sang about Livingstone on ‘What about Livingstone?’ Listen he...
07/09/2021
What About Livingstone

Excited about the new ABBA tracks..?

Did you know that ABBA sang about Livingstone on ‘What about Livingstone?’

Listen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73yonGSmKjc

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupWhat About Livingstone · ABBAWaterloo℗ 1974 Polar Music International ABReleased on: 2001-01-01Producer, Associat...

When David Livingstone was a child, he was very interested in science and nature – particularly medicinal uses for plant...
05/09/2021

When David Livingstone was a child, he was very interested in science and nature – particularly medicinal uses for plants! We want our learning and events programme to reflect this by helping children and young people connect with nature, explore their natural surroundings and find out more about different trees and plants.

We’re really lucky to have a beautiful parkland with a biodiverse meadow and woodland, so this summer we’ve been running nature walks with local families – using our own imaginations and knowledge, as well as the iNaturalist app!

We’re always keen to go further so watch this space for more learning resources, workshops and events focused on the natural world.

When David Livingstone was a child, he was very interested in science and nature – particularly medicinal uses for plants! We want our learning and events programme to reflect this by helping children and young people connect with nature, explore their natural surroundings and find out more about different trees and plants.

We’re really lucky to have a beautiful parkland with a biodiverse meadow and woodland, so this summer we’ve been running nature walks with local families – using our own imaginations and knowledge, as well as the iNaturalist app!

We’re always keen to go further so watch this space for more learning resources, workshops and events focused on the natural world.

Take them to see something NEW this weekend! Our stunning exhibition is now open - family tickets are £18.00, children u...
03/09/2021

Take them to see something NEW this weekend!

Our stunning exhibition is now open - family tickets are £18.00, children under 5 go FREE.

Book now: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

A few weeks ago, we were very lucky to be joined by Zimbabwean storyteller Tawona Sithole, who regaled us with tales abo...
02/09/2021

A few weeks ago, we were very lucky to be joined by Zimbabwean storyteller Tawona Sithole, who regaled us with tales about wild animals and human nature. We love bring new stories to the museum, especially when they come with live Mbira music 🎵

Tawona’s stories were so engaging they managed to warm us up on one of the rainiest days of the summer. We hope to have more stories and music in future – let us know in the comments what kind of stories you’d like to hear!

A few weeks ago, we were very lucky to be joined by Zimbabwean storyteller Tawona Sithole, who regaled us with tales about wild animals and human nature. We love bring new stories to the museum, especially when they come with live Mbira music 🎵

Tawona’s stories were so engaging they managed to warm us up on one of the rainiest days of the summer. We hope to have more stories and music in future – let us know in the comments what kind of stories you’d like to hear!

We're thrilled to hear everyone's fantastic feedback of our new exhibition."So glad I visited. This was well worth the m...
30/08/2021

We're thrilled to hear everyone's fantastic feedback of our new exhibition.

"So glad I visited. This was well worth the money and one of the best museums I've been too in a long time. Great wee park outside for the kids also."

"Visited museum this morning - outstanding. I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen!"

"Fab visit to newly redeveloped @DLivingstoneBP, cannot recommend it highly enough. Refreshing and more accurate view of him and impact of colonialism."

Have you visited us yet? What did you think?

We're thrilled to hear everyone's fantastic feedback of our new exhibition.

"So glad I visited. This was well worth the money and one of the best museums I've been too in a long time. Great wee park outside for the kids also."

"Visited museum this morning - outstanding. I will be recommending it to anyone who will listen!"

"Fab visit to newly redeveloped @DLivingstoneBP, cannot recommend it highly enough. Refreshing and more accurate view of him and impact of colonialism."

Have you visited us yet? What did you think?

We've had a fantastic day! Thanks to all who came along ❤
28/08/2021

We've had a fantastic day! Thanks to all who came along ❤

We've had a fantastic day! Thanks to all who came along ❤

Join us today for crafts, outdoor games, face-painting and more... 11am till 4pm - all activities FREE! No need to book,...
28/08/2021

Join us today for crafts, outdoor games, face-painting and more...

11am till 4pm - all activities FREE! No need to book, just come on down and join in 😁

Join us today for crafts, outdoor games, face-painting and more...

11am till 4pm - all activities FREE! No need to book, just come on down and join in 😁

Works to improve local roads will begin in Blantyre on the 7th September. Please be aware that these works may add time ...
27/08/2021
Get ready for resurfacing in the heart of Blantyre - South Lanarkshire View

Works to improve local roads will begin in Blantyre on the 7th September. Please be aware that these works may add time to your journey. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!

https://www.southlanarkshireview.scot/news/article/1075/Get_ready_for_resurfacing_in_the_heart_of_Blantyre?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Orlo

South Lanarkshire View News - Get ready for resurfacing in the heart of Blantyre - Plans are in place to support residents and businesses while a section of Blantyre’s main thoroughfare is closed next month.

Our Legacy Room asks how the exhibition has inspired you. We've had some beautiful contributions by our young visitors t...
26/08/2021

Our Legacy Room asks how the exhibition has inspired you.

We've had some beautiful contributions by our young visitors this week! 😍

This Saturday is our FREE Family Fun Day!We’re saying goodbye to August with a day full of play, crafts, and outdoor act...
25/08/2021
Family Fun Day

This Saturday is our FREE Family Fun Day!

We’re saying goodbye to August with a day full of play, crafts, and outdoor activities.

There’ll be outdoor games and races, arts & crafts, face painting, and MORE!

No need to book, just come along from 11am. #GetIntoSummer

We’re saying goodbye to August with a day full of play, crafts, and outdoor activities. There’ll be outdoor games and races, arts & crafts, face painting, and LOADS MORE!

Outdoor Family Yoga - join us from 11am this morning, for this creative and energizing class 🧘‍♀️This class is tailored ...
24/08/2021

Outdoor Family Yoga - join us from 11am this morning, for this creative and energizing class 🧘‍♀️

This class is tailored for kids aged 3-12 years, but feel free to bring the whole family along - after all, age is just a number!

Book online: https://david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events

This event is a part of our #GetintoSummer programme.

Outdoor Family Yoga - join us from 11am this morning, for this creative and energizing class 🧘‍♀️

This class is tailored for kids aged 3-12 years, but feel free to bring the whole family along - after all, age is just a number!

Book online: https://david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events

This event is a part of our #GetintoSummer programme.

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The British Empire abolished th...
23/08/2021

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The British Empire abolished the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in 1833. However, slavery persisted across the continent of Africa...

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In 1840, Livingstone heard abolitionist Thomas Buxton give a speech. He was inspired by Buxton’s ideas, that "Christianity and commerce" would bring an end to slavery.

A year later, Livingstone headed to South Africa as a Missionary. He was not content to work in one station, as a typical missionary would & his curiosity soon led him to explore. He saw the Zambezi river as a way to open trade. The British Government sponsored him on his Zambezi Expedition.

Livingstone wrote extensively about what he saw. He hoped that the resources he came across would provide the key to trade and a slave free future. However, African communities were being decimated by slavery. East African Slave Traders raided the areas, taking captives to slave markets in chains. They were in no state to discuss trading stations.

In 1866, he left on the Nile Expedition. This time, he had been funded by the Royal Geographical Society to find the source of the Nile, and the British Government to report on trade.

In 1822, the British had signed the first of a series of treaties with the Sultan in Zanzibar, to reduce slave trade. Livingstone felt there was much more to do. In 1866, Livingstone wrote to the British Foreign Secretary, ‘The slave trade which everywhere else is declared to be a grievous offence against public law is by treaty, allowed to be legal traffic.’

David detested the actions of slave traders. Yet as he travelled through war-torn, famine-stricken areas, David became increasingly reliant on them and their well-stocked caravans. He was very ill & desperate for supplies. There was little choice but to accept their help.

In 1871, Livingstone witnessed a massacre in Nyangwe. Around 400 local people were murdered in just over 2 days, killed by slave traders. He recorded the event, and when his account of what happened reached Britain following his death, it caused public outcry and contributed towards the government’s decision to force the end of the East African slave trade.

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The British Empire abolished the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in 1833. However, slavery persisted across the continent of Africa...

❗️Sensitive Content.

In 1840, Livingstone heard abolitionist Thomas Buxton give a speech. He was inspired by Buxton’s ideas, that "Christianity and commerce" would bring an end to slavery.

A year later, Livingstone headed to South Africa as a Missionary. He was not content to work in one station, as a typical missionary would & his curiosity soon led him to explore. He saw the Zambezi river as a way to open trade. The British Government sponsored him on his Zambezi Expedition.

Livingstone wrote extensively about what he saw. He hoped that the resources he came across would provide the key to trade and a slave free future. However, African communities were being decimated by slavery. East African Slave Traders raided the areas, taking captives to slave markets in chains. They were in no state to discuss trading stations.

In 1866, he left on the Nile Expedition. This time, he had been funded by the Royal Geographical Society to find the source of the Nile, and the British Government to report on trade.

In 1822, the British had signed the first of a series of treaties with the Sultan in Zanzibar, to reduce slave trade. Livingstone felt there was much more to do. In 1866, Livingstone wrote to the British Foreign Secretary, ‘The slave trade which everywhere else is declared to be a grievous offence against public law is by treaty, allowed to be legal traffic.’

David detested the actions of slave traders. Yet as he travelled through war-torn, famine-stricken areas, David became increasingly reliant on them and their well-stocked caravans. He was very ill & desperate for supplies. There was little choice but to accept their help.

In 1871, Livingstone witnessed a massacre in Nyangwe. Around 400 local people were murdered in just over 2 days, killed by slave traders. He recorded the event, and when his account of what happened reached Britain following his death, it caused public outcry and contributed towards the government’s decision to force the end of the East African slave trade.

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Our museum is held in Shuttle R...
23/08/2021

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

Our museum is held in Shuttle Row, a building originally built to house the workers of Blantyre Cotton Works. The success of the mill was a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade involved cotton grown by enslaved people being sold to mills in Britain where it was turned into cloth. The cloth was then exported to Western and Southern Africa. These same ships were then used to transport enslaved people, bought with the profits from selling the cloth, to plantations in the Americas where they worked on cotton and other plantations.

Glasgow-based merchants like Francis Garden – who sold cotton produced by enslaved people in the West Indies – owned shares in the Blantyre Cotton Works and may have supplied some of its raw materials.

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

Our museum is held in Shuttle Row, a building originally built to house the workers of Blantyre Cotton Works. The success of the mill was a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade involved cotton grown by enslaved people being sold to mills in Britain where it was turned into cloth. The cloth was then exported to Western and Southern Africa. These same ships were then used to transport enslaved people, bought with the profits from selling the cloth, to plantations in the Americas where they worked on cotton and other plantations.

Glasgow-based merchants like Francis Garden – who sold cotton produced by enslaved people in the West Indies – owned shares in the Blantyre Cotton Works and may have supplied some of its raw materials.

How does Outdoor Family Yoga sound? 👌Join us tomorrow from 11am for this creative and energizing class, with Sasha.This ...
23/08/2021

How does Outdoor Family Yoga sound? 👌

Join us tomorrow from 11am for this creative and energizing class, with Sasha.

This class is predominantly tailored for kids aged 3-12 years, but feel free to bring the whole family along - after all, age is just a number!

Book online: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events

How does Outdoor Family Yoga sound? 👌

Join us tomorrow from 11am for this creative and energizing class, with Sasha.

This class is predominantly tailored for kids aged 3-12 years, but feel free to bring the whole family along - after all, age is just a number!

Book online: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events

Looking for something to do on this rainy, dreich day...?Pop down to see us for Beat the Street celebration Beatthestree...
21/08/2021

Looking for something to do on this rainy, dreich day...?

Pop down to see us for Beat the Street celebration Beatthestreet - you can try out an e-bike, get some advice from Dr Bike, win some prizes, get some fresh air & grab a coffee from Livingstone’s

What's not to like....?

Looking for something to do on this rainy, dreich day...?

Pop down to see us for Beat the Street celebration Beatthestreet - you can try out an e-bike, get some advice from Dr Bike, win some prizes, get some fresh air & grab a coffee from Livingstone’s

What's not to like....?

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165 Station Road
Blantyre
G72 9BY

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The Museum is currently closed for refurbishment so keep an eye on this page to get updates on the project as it progresses

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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