David Livingstone Birthplace

David Livingstone Birthplace David Livingstone’s Birthplace invites you to follow Livingstone’s journey from Blantyre to Afri
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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 abolitionist, 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 Livingsto

ne’s life and expeditions, before reflecting on his legacy. The museum is set in beautiful park land, and includes nature trails, the Livingstone and Lion sculpture, and a play park!

Dog of the WeekWe are delighted to welcome Miss Millie as doggie of the week!Millie is learning to walk off her lead lik...
25/09/2023

Dog of the Week

We are delighted to welcome Miss Millie as doggie of the week!
Millie is learning to walk off her lead like a big girl and as she is being such a star she just had to stand on one!
Keep being a super star Miss Millie

Eat - Explore  - Enlighten Head down to the David Livingstone Centre today, where you can EAT tasty food in our inviting...
23/09/2023

Eat - Explore - Enlighten

Head down to the David Livingstone Centre today, where you can EAT tasty food in our inviting cafe, EXPLORE our wonderful parklands and ENLIGHTEN by spending an hour or 2 in our award winning museum.
We have something for everyone so come along and we can guarantee a warm welcome, no matter the weather, from the team here at the centre.
(Our cafe and parklands are dog friendly - but unfortunately not the museum).

And as if by magic here is our Cafe@Livingstone Centre Dog of the Week!Meet Milo - he loves walking in the park, chasing...
20/09/2023

And as if by magic here is our Cafe@Livingstone Centre Dog of the Week!

Meet Milo - he loves walking in the park, chasing footballs and squirrels and he can't resist a treat.
How can we resist Milo with that lovely smile!
Our cosy cafe and our lovely parklands are dog friendly but unfortunately not the museum.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us as we reopened the cafe at the weekend. it was lovely to see you all.E...
19/09/2023

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us as we reopened the cafe at the weekend. it was lovely to see you all.
Everyone is getting to grips with the new technology and Alice's scones are as delicious as ever!
We did forget to forward the phone line for bookings but this has now been sorted so feel free to call - 0141 375 3109
Our lovely team are waiting to book your favourite table and a warm welcome awaits!
See you soon.

We have the best news for you!The cafe is re-opening tomorrow - the weather forecast is wet and cool but the welcome you...
15/09/2023

We have the best news for you!

The cafe is re-opening tomorrow - the weather forecast is wet and cool but the welcome you will receive at cafe@livingstonecentre will be warm and inviting and the food will be delicious.
Simon will be cooking up a storm to tantalise your tastebuds and Alice is baking like crazy to ensure we have the tastiest scones and the most delicious cakes waiting for you.
We have taken on board feedback from you - our lovely visitors and customers - and have moved the entrance to the cafe to be via the gifts shop - this will make the cafe so much cosier and we know everyone hates that door banging!
From tomorrow we ask you to
Eat in the Cafe - Explore the beautiful parklands - Enlighten - the museum awaits!
Our amazing team in the cafe and the museum cannot wait to welcome you back.
See you tomorrow !

If you are coming to the museum this week, please know that our cafe will be closed for sit-in meals and snacks. We will...
10/09/2023

If you are coming to the museum this week, please know that our cafe will be closed for sit-in meals and snacks.

We will offer takeaway coffee, tea and hot chocolate from the snack bar, along with the usual delicious Equis Ice Cream!

We are closing for essential maintenance and hope to reopen next weekend.

We want to thank Hazel Krawczyk for all her hard work over the past two years, building a solid customer base with consistent quality and customer service. We wish Hazel all the very best for the future.

Fizza is waiting for you to make your "Livingstone's Trunk" - free for children with an adult ticket.We also have Scienc...
02/09/2023

Fizza is waiting for you to make your "Livingstone's Trunk" - free for children with an adult ticket.

We also have Science of Navigation activity and object handling on the first floor with Emily and Katie.
Come and cheer us on for our 25mile challenge as you head into the museum - we will need it!

Who is coming along to help us with our Blantyre Blast challenge! We are taking part in Pedal 4 Poverty tomorrow  - we w...
01/09/2023

Who is coming along to help us with our Blantyre Blast challenge!
We are taking part in Pedal 4 Poverty tomorrow - we will be peddling away on our bikes from 11am - we will be looking for help when we get tired so come on down and try out the bikes or bring your own and support a great cause.

We have snacks from Nepal and Malawi to keep us all going.

The David Livingstone Birthplace team has decided to Pedal for Poverty in the name of vulnerable women and girls imprisoned in poverty in collaboration with EMMS International in Malawi and Nepal.

The team here at David Livingstone Centre are supporting the fund raising efforts of EMMS as they continue to fight pove...
25/08/2023

The team here at David Livingstone Centre are supporting the fund raising efforts of EMMS as they continue to fight poverty in Nepal and Malawi.
We will be cycling 25miles on Saturday 2nd September here in the grounds on stationary and road bikes.
We will be serving traditional Nepali and Malawian tea and some tasty bites.
Please come along and support this great cause with us.
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/emms-pedal4poverty
We are starting at 11am - come and cheer us on!
https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/blantyre-blast-2023.html

Four Nations Challenge - Pedal 4 Poverty - JustGiving

Now that everyone is back to school and starting to pack for University we would like to thank everyone who came along t...
24/08/2023

Now that everyone is back to school and starting to pack for University we would like to thank everyone who came along to our summer events - the weather was not as kind as it could have been but lots of fun was had.

These events would not go ahead without the support of our local ASDA Blantyre as a small independent charity we rely on donations to support what do and we cannot thank Mary at ASDA enough. Without this support there would not be tasty treats at the craft sessions or packed lunches at the community day.
A simple thank you just never seems to be enough but here it is...

WE ARE OPEN AGAIN TODAY!Whilst the plasterer did hIs magic we got busy with the dusters and mops and polish and the muse...
24/08/2023

WE ARE OPEN AGAIN TODAY!

Whilst the plasterer did hIs magic we got busy with the dusters and mops and polish and the museum is gleaming and ready for your visit.
The grounds are looking particularly lovely at the moment for a gentle stroll - thank you to our volunteer gardeners and of the course the cafe will be delighted to welcome you for a tasty treat!

Look forward to seeing you all - we open and 10am and last entry 4pm.

(Thanks to Alan for the lovely photo!)

https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/

Happy Birthday wishes to HRH Princess Royal from David Livingstone Trust.We were delighted to welcome Princess Anne to o...
15/08/2023

Happy Birthday wishes to HRH Princess Royal from David Livingstone Trust.
We were delighted to welcome Princess Anne to our lovely museum in February. What a great day!

The 'CashBack Summer' Programme might be over but we are reflecting on another fantastic project with Impact Arts! We ha...
10/08/2023

The 'CashBack Summer' Programme might be over but we are reflecting on another fantastic project with Impact Arts! We had some fantastic creative works inspired by our museum collection and grounds — well done to all the young people involved!

Through the NMS Exchange Project, our Community Researchers were able to test a fibre urn from the museum with help from...
03/08/2023

Through the NMS Exchange Project, our Community Researchers were able to test a fibre urn from the museum with help from staff at the National Museums Collections Centre last week. These X-Rays and images can allow us to better understand its materials and structures.

We have found a number of belongings that have been left behind on Thursday.This little chap was particularly lonely - w...
29/07/2023

We have found a number of belongings that have been left behind on Thursday.

This little chap was particularly lonely - we found him in the crafts room but he is being well looked after now in the museum reception.
We have jackets and umbrellas and a lot of water bottles and baby cups.
Do get in touch if you are looking for anything.

A massive thank you to everyone who came along to our Community Fun Day.The weather looked to be letting us down but it ...
28/07/2023

A massive thank you to everyone who came along to our Community Fun Day.
The weather looked to be letting us down but it cleared in time for the Teddy Bears Picnic and some serious challenges at the table tennis.
We were so grateful to our emergency services colleagues who put on such a great show for us - not just classic cars but the mounted police came along too.
Tilly the amazing therapy pony enjoyed the Blantyre grass and loved meeting you all! Thank you to Fiona for bringing her along.
Great singing at the Karaoke - thank you Terminal One for such a great idea.
Well done to everyone who took part in the games - much less than last year due to the wet grass - boys, get working on those muscles for next years tug of war, the girls were just too good for you!

The museum is unfortunately closed today while we deal with a wasp nest situation on the outside of the building. We hop...
24/07/2023

The museum is unfortunately closed today while we deal with a wasp nest situation on the outside of the building.
We hope to be back to normal tomorrow once the wasps are safely removed.

Thank you for your patience.

(photo credit Kai Wenzel)

We have ComputerXplorers South West Scotland back with us this morning until 12pm for another digital workshop — Animati...
21/07/2023

We have ComputerXplorers South West Scotland back with us this morning until 12pm for another digital workshop — Animation!

Head to the Pavilion events space to drop-in. Suitable for ages 8+. Tickets £4 and available to purchase in the museum shop.

Our next Collections Craft workshop is on Wednesday 26th July! We will be identifying wildflowers found in the parklands...
20/07/2023

Our next Collections Craft workshop is on Wednesday 26th July! We will be identifying wildflowers found in the parklands at DLB and making some botanical illustrations based on them 🔍🌻✏️

Drop-in anytime between 2-3pm, suitable for ages 7+ but adults welcome too! Tickets £4 or free with museum entry, and a lovely way to start off or round up a wander through the exhibitions.

John and Matthew from ComputerXplorers South West Scotland are here in our Pavilion events space with their LEGO Robots!...
14/07/2023

John and Matthew from ComputerXplorers South West Scotland are here in our Pavilion events space with their LEGO Robots! Come along between 10am - 1pm to learn how to make your own race-car and earthquake simulator!

Suitable for ages 8+ — parents/carers can enjoy a coffee in the cafe while the kids get stuck in! Tickets are available in our shop for £4 per participant.

Book now or just drop in for our amazing Lego Robots workshop tomorrow.Only £4 per person and its going to be great
13/07/2023

Book now or just drop in for our amazing Lego Robots workshop tomorrow.
Only £4 per person and its going to be great

Lego Robots ComputerXplorers

Our CashBack Summer Programme with Impact Arts is in full swing! The group have already had a productive first week expl...
13/07/2023

Our CashBack Summer Programme with Impact Arts is in full swing!

The group have already had a productive first week exploring the museum, examining our collections, and breaking down themes of decolonisation and restitution in heritage.

Thanks to our partners at Museums Galleries Scotland, DYW Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire, and Art Fund for their supp...
12/07/2023

Thanks to our partners at Museums Galleries Scotland, DYW Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire, and Art Fund for their support across the 'Future Careers' project.

Read a new case study from our Learning Officer, Romy Galloway, outlining how the project was developed: https://tinyurl.com/kk6xjvha

Come on down to David Livingstone Birthplace on Friday for our Lego Robots workshop.10:00 to 13:00 in the room beside th...
12/07/2023

Come on down to David Livingstone Birthplace on Friday for our Lego Robots workshop.
10:00 to 13:00 in the room beside the cafe.
See you there!

Lego Robots ComputerXplorers

SAVE THE DATE!The Community Day is back!27th July - loads of fun for all the family - get practicing for the races and t...
11/07/2023

SAVE THE DATE!

The Community Day is back!
27th July - loads of fun for all the family - get practicing for the races and the tug of war!
We are delighted to have appliances from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Scottish Ambulance - everyone will be there.

Community Day - July 2023

Are you coming along to story time tomorrow morning? Book your place for our story and craft session in the museum.See y...
10/07/2023

Are you coming along to story time tomorrow morning?
Book your place for our story and craft session in the museum.

See you there at 11am!

Storytime and a Craft

Have you been in our shop recently - we have a lovely selection of gifts if you are looking for something a little diffe...
08/07/2023

Have you been in our shop recently - we have a lovely selection of gifts if you are looking for something a little different.
Lots of toys for the children (watch out for the dinosaurs - they are scary) and maybe treat yourself to a wee bracelet from our new range of jewellery. We think we have something for everyone.

We are open today so why not spend an hour or two in our lovely museum.There is a quiz for the children and activities a...
08/07/2023

We are open today so why not spend an hour or two in our lovely museum.
There is a quiz for the children and activities around the science of navigation and the handling trolley is out so plenty to do!
Our special holiday offer is available - only £12 for a family ticket.
The parkland is perfect for a walk and an ice cream or some lovely lunch from our very own onsite cafe - what more could you ask for?

We are excited to have ComputerXplorers South West Scotland back at the Birthplace on Friday 14th July for a LEGO Robots...
06/07/2023

We are excited to have ComputerXplorers South West Scotland back at the Birthplace on Friday 14th July for a LEGO Robots Workshop.

Ages 14-20, £4 per participant.

This was a popular event last year, so book now to avoid disappointment! Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/4ya6c3uy

Looking for something to do this week with your wee ones? Pop along to the museum this Thursday for crafts and storytell...
05/07/2023

Looking for something to do this week with your wee ones? Pop along to the museum this Thursday for crafts and storytelling throughout the day.

📓🦋 11-11.45am: Story-time and craft. This week we will read about garden moths and make butterflies. Ages 2-5, free.

🦁✏️ 2-3pm: Drop in to make paper animations and Victorian optical illusions. Ages 7+, £4 or free with your museum ticket.

Check out our events calendar on our website for more activities throughout the summer holidays! View here: tinyurl.com/mr26aawz

Our 'Future Careers' project with David Livingstone Memorial Primary also supported a University of Glasgow student plac...
03/07/2023

Our 'Future Careers' project with David Livingstone Memorial Primary also supported a University of Glasgow student placement in Museum Education.

A huge thank you to Julianne Stewart, who’s hard work and input was invaluable to our Learning Team!

Earlier this year, our Learning Team welcomed P7 from David Livingstone Memorial Primary into the museum for our 'Future...
30/06/2023

Earlier this year, our Learning Team welcomed P7 from David Livingstone Memorial Primary into the museum for our 'Future Careers' project!

The project gave the pupils behind-the-scenes access and introduced them to the different jobs available in the museum. Together with Romy Galloway, Learning Officer at the museum, and Julianne Stewart, MSc student placement, the pupils created an audio tour using the skills they had learnt during the project.

We are very proud of their achievements and love the addition of their voices to the museum interpretation!

If you have a listen, let us know what you think. A huge thank you to Mr Burns’ class for their input.

This project was supported by Museum Galleries Scotland alongside partners Developing the Young Workforce. Read more about the project: https://tinyurl.com/2r2d7pxj

If you would like to learn more about how DLBM can support your groups’ learning, get in touch with [email protected].

We were grateful to receive an Association of Independent Museums Pilgrim Trust Collections Care Grant to purchase equip...
27/06/2023

We were grateful to receive an Association of Independent Museums Pilgrim Trust Collections Care Grant to purchase equipment and develop a sustainable approach to conservation and collections management. This includes our volunteer project to rotate and clean objects.

Read more about the grant in a new case study from our Collections Manager: https://tinyurl.com/2b468cxa

Have you had the chance to experience our Kids Audio Tour in the museum? If so, you will already be acquainted with the ...
27/06/2023

Have you had the chance to experience our Kids Audio Tour in the museum? If so, you will already be acquainted with the voices of David Livingstone Memorial’s Primary 7.

Did you know that they helped to create this tour as part of a project with Museums Galleries Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce, learning about museums as a place of work and practicing employability skills?

Read more about the project here: https://tinyurl.com/2r2d7pxj

There is still time to sign up to the CashBack Summer Programme at the Birthplace, in partnership with our friends at Im...
22/06/2023

There is still time to sign up to the CashBack Summer Programme at the Birthplace, in partnership with our friends at Impact Arts! If you know a young person aged 14-19 who is looking for creative activities to keep them busy over the summer holidays, we would love to hear from them.

More information: https://tinyurl.com/4u4juxpf

Introducing our Audio Tour for Kids! Grab a free map from reception and listen as pupils from David Livingstone Memorial...
21/06/2023

Introducing our Audio Tour for Kids!

Grab a free map from reception and listen as pupils from David Livingstone Memorial Primary guide you around the museum.

This tour has been created by and for young visitors, so they can learn about some of the histories held in our museum. Discover life at a Victorian factory, crew member Jacob Wainwright’s diary of expeditions in southern Africa, and the unexpected uses of poison arrows.

Created as part of the DLBM 'Future Careers' project, with Museums Galleries Scotland and DYW Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/bdfh995r

Summer is here and  ! That includes our award-nominated exhibition spaces and beautiful grounds. With the school holiday...
21/06/2023

Summer is here and ! That includes our award-nominated exhibition spaces and beautiful grounds. With the school holidays just around the corner in South Lanarkshire, the museum will also open every day in July and August.

Book your tickets: https://tinyurl.com/yckzbk8c

Did you know - we have two event spaces available for hire?Our large room is 12m x12m and can accommodate up to 50. We'v...
16/01/2023

Did you know - we have two event spaces available for hire?

Our large room is 12m x12m and can accommodate up to 50. We've had lots of birthday parties in there recently! It's located next to the café, and opens out onto the play park.

Our smaller “wedge room” provides space for up to 10. Great for meetings or smaller get togethers!

We can arrange catering with Livingstone’s Café.

Email [email protected] for more information

Our museum's winter break allows time for busting the dust! Here's some   shots of our Winter Project Volunteers, as the...
12/01/2023

Our museum's winter break allows time for busting the dust!

Here's some shots of our Winter Project Volunteers, as they work with the DLB Collection Manager to clean the objects usually on display.

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Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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You may have seen David Livingstone in the press this week, as a result of Glasgow City Council's statue audit.

You can read our statement on the report here: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/statement-on-glasgow-city-council-audit.html

If you'd like to find out more about David Livingstone, we're a great place to start!

Tickets available via our website: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org
Don't forget - we have HEAPS of fun activities running this school holiday!

Take a look: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events
There has been some discussion surrounding the recent audit by Glasgow City Council and the subsequent report produced, that address Livingstone's links to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Please read our full statement here: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/statement-on-glasgow-city-council-audit.html
FROM TOMORROW, WE'RE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

From Thursday March 31st, we are open 7 days a week, 10am till 4pm.

We are so excited to finally have our first full season🤩

See you there!

TICKETS: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/index
This Saturday afternoon, join us for a Science of Navigation object handling session 🧭🌍🎒

Discover how people in Victorian times travelled all over the world, without google maps!

In this object handling session, led by our learning team, we will have all sorts of weird and wonderful scientific instruments for you to pick up and play with. Join us on the 2nd floor of the museum exhibition to find out more, and let us know what you would take on an adventure of your own...

This session is aimed at families with children aged 5 to 11.

This session is included in your museum admission cost. No need to book, just join us on your way round!

Museum tickets are available through our website: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/
From Thursday, our stunning exhibition is open 7 days a week again!

Monday to Sunday
10am till 4pm

Explore the extraordinary life of Scottish explorer, missionary & abolitionist, David Livingstone, before reflecting on his legacy.

Tickets: https://book.dltrust.uk
🎉FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES THIS APRIL!

From Lego Robots to flower planting, hedgehogs to Victorian navigation, photography to storytelling - it's all going on at David Livingstone Birthplace!

Book 👇
https://david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events
Don't be alarmed if you see heras fencing up on site - we are just starting the work detailed below 👇

We are OPEN this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm.

Tickets available: https://book.dltrust.uk/
Just a reminder - we are open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 10am till 4pm.

Can't make it this weekend? Don't worry - from 31st March, we are once again open 7 days a week!

Tickets available: https://book.dltrust.uk/
Easter at David Livingstone Birthplace! 🐰🐣🐰🐥🐰

This Easter holidays, we have a whole heap of activities running, plus two egg-cellent Easter Family Fun Days!

Hop over to our website for more information: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events
Our incredible new Museum exhibition may be open, but the work to improve David Livingstone Birthplace continues!

In the coming months, thanks to a grant awarded to us by South Lanarkshire Council, we will be making additional enhancements to the grounds.

Our parkland has always been a favourite among locals, allowing for walks, play, and adventure! This additional work will make our site more accessible and further our Learning and Engagement activities.

To allow us to carry out this work, there will be some disruption to the site throughout the coming months, including closure to certain paths. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

A huge thank you to South Lanarkshire Council for making this work possible.