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David Livingstone Birthplace

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

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

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

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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 they...
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.

Teachers! Looking to focus on sustainability and global citizenship this year? Our curriculum linked Learning Programme ...
10/01/2023

Teachers!

Looking to focus on sustainability and global citizenship this year?

Our curriculum linked Learning Programme adopts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework and we aim to embed global citizenship education within all of our activities.

Schools can apply for a travel subsidy of up to 75% funded by Historic Environment Scotland when visiting us! Apply via their website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/learn/free-learning-visits/-visits-travel-subsidy_tab

Find out more about our school workshops at:
www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/schools

A behind the scenes shot of our Collection volunteers giving the replica of Livingstone's grave a thorough clean!This re...
09/01/2023

A behind the scenes shot of our Collection volunteers giving the replica of Livingstone's grave a thorough clean!

This replica is on display in our Final Journey gallery, where we discuss Livingstone's death & the 1,000mile journey that his crew took, ensuring his body returned to the UK.

While Livingstone's body returned to the UK, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, his heart & organs were removed & buried below a Mvula tree in Zambia.

Jacob Wainwright read prayers as they were buried. He then carved Livingstone’s name and the date in the tree’s trunk.

Although the tree is now gone, a memorial remains.

Our Museum is currently closed for winter break, reopening on the 11th February. However, 2023 marks 150 years since Dr ...
05/01/2023

Our Museum is currently closed for winter break, reopening on the 11th February.

However, 2023 marks 150 years since Dr David Livingstone died, and we have a whole heap of events & activities planned to commemorate this special date!

Stay tuned!

For all things delicious, make sure you're following the Livingstone's café page! Best. Scones. Ever!! 😋😋😋
28/12/2022

For all things delicious, make sure you're following the Livingstone's café page!

Best. Scones. Ever!! 😋😋😋

Good Morning ! We are back today from 9-4pm for your coffee tea and cake fix ! We will also be serving you lite bites,lunch,breakfast and anything in-between. ❤️

Merry Christmas everyone!
25/12/2022

Merry Christmas everyone!

That's our Out of Office on!Our team will be back in the office from the 4th January, but please remember that the museu...
23/12/2022

That's our Out of Office on!

Our team will be back in the office from the 4th January, but please remember that the museum itself will be closed until 11th February 2023.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and we'll see you in the new year! 🥳

'The Seasons' is a series of four poems written by Scottish author, James Thomson. We felt the 1st part - Winter (publis...
20/12/2022

'The Seasons' is a series of four poems written by Scottish author, James Thomson. We felt the 1st part - Winter (published in 1726) - was fairly appropriate to share right now..! Brr🥶

The book was once a part of Blantyre Cotton Works Library. The Blantyre Cotton Works Library made books accessible for the mill workers, who were able to borrow the books by paying a subscription fee.

All that remains of the BlantyreCotton Works is the tenement, Shuttle Row, where David Livingstone was born and where our museum now resides.

(Full poem can be read here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Seasons_(Thomson)/Winter)

Our museum closes for winter break on Friday 23rd December 2022. We will reopen on 11th February 2023. 2023 marks 150 ye...
16/12/2022

Our museum closes for winter break on Friday 23rd December 2022. We will reopen on 11th February 2023.

2023 marks 150 years since Dr David Livingstone died, and we have a whole heap of events & activities planned to commemorate this special date.

Stay tuned!

Join us this Saturday for our Tea Party with Santa 🎅We'll be making:☃️Snow globes ☃️🦌 Reindeer food 🦌🎄Edible Christmas t...
15/12/2022

Join us this Saturday for our Tea Party with Santa 🎅

We'll be making:
☃️Snow globes ☃️
🦌 Reindeer food 🦌
🎄Edible Christmas trees 🎄

And we'll be decorating Christmas cookies!

THIS Saturday
11am / 1pm
£7.50 per child

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

There's just a few days left of our 2022 season, so make sure you get down this weekend and see the museum everyone's ta...
15/12/2022

There's just a few days left of our 2022 season, so make sure you get down this weekend and see the museum everyone's talking about!

"a hidden gem"

"one of the best museums I've been too in a long time"

"You’ve done an amazing job in portraying a very balanced view on Livingstone. Well done to everyone involved in this project."

"Well worth a visit."

We are open Friday 16th to Monday 19th, 10am till 4pm, and again on Friday 23rd, before we close for our Winter break. Re-opening on 11th February 2023.

Tickets and further info: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

We know times are tough as energy bills continue to soar. To support our community, David Livingstone Birthplace is taki...
13/12/2022

We know times are tough as energy bills continue to soar.

To support our community, David Livingstone Birthplace is taking part in South Lanarkshire Council's Warm Room initiative!

Our event space will be open 11am-3pm every Wednesday, offering FREE hot drinks with magazines, toys and games available for entertainment.

So, please feel free to come along tomorrow and enjoy a cuppa and a chat!

(And please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested)

More Christmas shopping inspiration, direct from our Gift Shop! Our Gift Shop is open daily and has a huge range of gift...
12/12/2022

More Christmas shopping inspiration, direct from our Gift Shop!

Our Gift Shop is open daily and has a huge range of gifts, books, and stocking fillers, including items from local and Sub-Saharan Africa artisans.

Our museum is open Friday to Monday, 10am till 4pm. And just a 20minute drive or direct train from Glasgow centre! "⭐️⭐️...
12/12/2022

Our museum is open Friday to Monday, 10am till 4pm. And just a 20minute drive or direct train from Glasgow centre!

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A really good museum that is a hidden gem."

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️it is an amazing exhibition not only of David Livingston but of the social history of the second half of the 19th century."

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This was so much more than I was expecting."

Tickets available: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Thank you to everyone who took part in the scavenger hunt around the parklands yesterday - loads of great nature finds.T...
12/12/2022

Thank you to everyone who took part in the scavenger hunt around the parklands yesterday - loads of great nature finds.

This has to be the best returned entry - well done Kimi for bringing your coloured pencils - you must have known there were chocolate prizes to be won!

The hot dogs are ready and the mulled wine is warm and delicious.Come on down to the Christmas Craft Fayre today.Our sta...
11/12/2022

The hot dogs are ready and the mulled wine is warm and delicious.

Come on down to the Christmas Craft Fayre today.

Our stall holders have lots of lovely goodies for you to buy and a scavenger hunt for the children.

What a day we had today with Mrs Claus. We sang and heard a story and made so many Christmas crafts. Check out some of t...
10/12/2022

What a day we had today with Mrs Claus. We sang and heard a story and made so many Christmas crafts.
Check out some of the wonderful creations. Hope you all had as much fun as we did!

More fun next Saturday when we will make snow globes and ice biscuits and perhaps Santa will bring us a recipe for the reindeers favourite tasty snack for Christmas eve.

Mrs Claus is here, the snow is on and the crafts are ready!See you at 11am or 1pm!
10/12/2022

Mrs Claus is here, the snow is on and the crafts are ready!

See you at 11am or 1pm!

THIS WEEKEND: ⭐️Festive Star Willow Weaving⭐️Saturday, 11am -1pm£28.00 per person In this beginners level class we'll le...
08/12/2022

THIS WEEKEND:

⭐️Festive Star Willow Weaving⭐️
Saturday, 11am -1pm
£28.00 per person

In this beginners level class we'll learn how to make willow stars using a simple, ancient method of weaving. All materials are provided, and everyone will make one star each to take home.

🤶Crafts with Mrs Claus🤶
Saturday, 11am OR 1pm
£7.50 per child

Bring along your little one and write their letters to Santa, before making lots of festive crafts!
*Limited tickets remain!*

🎄Christmas Fayre and Fun Day 🎄
Sunday, 11am - 3pm
FREE

Christmas craft stalls, mince pies, mulled wine, and family crafts/trails.

What more could you want?

Reduced entry into the museum? Oh, go on then!...

Sunday family tickets are JUST £12 - complete with museum trail 🤩

Book your place / find out more:
https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events

What's On Lanarkshire

Sunday the 11th Dec is our Christmas Fayre & Fun Day! 🎄☃️🎅11am till 3pmWe'll have a range of stalls selling lots of wond...
05/12/2022

Sunday the 11th Dec is our Christmas Fayre & Fun Day! 🎄☃️🎅
11am till 3pm

We'll have a range of stalls selling lots of wonderful goodies 🎁 And, while you're shopping, the children can enjoy our scavenger hunt and jungle trail.

There will be hot mince pies and mulled wine at the ice cream kiosk, along with hot dogs and yummy hot chocolate to warm us all up!

Family tickets for the museum will be a special holiday price of £12 and inside the museum, there'll be a Christmas trail with a chocolate treat at the end for everyone.

No need to book, just turn up!

Warm Room Initiative at DLBNo heating - no worries we have a cosy room and hot drinks waiting for you........We are open...
30/11/2022

Warm Room Initiative at DLB
No heating - no worries we have a cosy room and hot drinks waiting for you........

We are open today 11am - 3pm and we look forward to welcoming you.

Back in September, the David Livingstone Birthplace Learning Team attended Eco Week at St Joseph’s Primary School in Bla...
29/11/2022

Back in September, the David Livingstone Birthplace Learning Team attended Eco Week at St Joseph’s Primary School in Blantyre. The team worked with around 290 children throughout the day, delivering a workshop on our site's wildlife and biodiversity.

The workshop was somewhat inspired by our work with local artist, Sophie Minervini, and her project with Kew Gardens.

Recently, their team got back in touch to say their school garden was looking a little worse for wear. As the school was so inspired by our session, our Gardening Volunteers volunteered to help out and these are the results...

David Livingstone Birthplace is so much more than a museum. The site has always been a huge part of our local Blantyre community and we're thrilled to be a part of projects like this!

Well done team - we're so proud of you all! We hope the children continue to be inspired by their local environment 💚

Get festive with David Livingstone Birthplace! We've got crafts, mince pies, a Christmas market, and a VERY special gues...
28/11/2022

Get festive with David Livingstone Birthplace!

We've got crafts, mince pies, a Christmas market, and a VERY special guest making an appearance on the 17th December!

Book some festive cheer with us today: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/events

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Christmas Shopping Night AlertTo compliment November Music Night at the cafe this Saturday, the Museum Shop will be open...
25/11/2022

Christmas Shopping Night Alert

To compliment November Music Night at the cafe this Saturday, the Museum Shop will be open late and we are offering 10% off most of our stock.

We have beautiful jewellery, delightful vases and candles galore.

Come along and pick up some lovely gifts for friends and family.

First day of our Warm Room offering today.Come down and cosy up in our lovely room looking out on the grounds of the Bir...
23/11/2022

First day of our Warm Room offering today.
Come down and cosy up in our lovely room looking out on the grounds of the Birthplace.

We have coffee and tea and juice for the little ones.
Puzzle books and magazines galore.

We will be here every Wednesday - would anyone like to bring their sewing or knitting? Do you have an interesting hobby you could share with everyone. If so come along and tell us all about it.

Hope to see you all again next week.

We know times are tough as energy bills continue to soar. To support our community, David Livingstone Birthplace is taki...
22/11/2022

We know times are tough as energy bills continue to soar.

To support our community, David Livingstone Birthplace is taking part in South Lanarkshire Council's Warm Room initiative!

Starting tomorrow, our event space will be open 11am-3pm every Wednesday, offering FREE hot drinks with magazines, toys and games available for entertainment.

So, please feel free to come along tomorrow and enjoy a cuppa and a chat!

(And please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested)

We think it's finally time to start sharing some Christmas shopping inspo!🎅🎄Our Gift Shop is the perfect place to pick u...
22/11/2022

We think it's finally time to start sharing some Christmas shopping inspo!🎅🎄

Our Gift Shop is the perfect place to pick up unique presents, like these stunning pieces by local artist, Inez Wait.

The shop is open daily, 10am till 4pm.

We have a great opportunity to join the team at DLB.This new role is to inform, inspire and engage with audiences throug...
18/11/2022
Museum Manager (Learning, Curatorial & Collections)

We have a great opportunity to join the team at DLB.
This new role is to inform, inspire and engage with audiences through the museum collections and the stories told at DLB; and to manage the Learning and Engagement, Curatorial and Collections Team.
Contact [email protected] if you would like any further information.
Further details are on our website.

Looking for a new challenge? Then why not come and join us at the David Livingstone Birthplace in the new role of Museum Manager.

A huge thank you to The National Lottery players, and to National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fu...
14/11/2022

A huge thank you to The National Lottery players, and to National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland who fund and support our work!

Not long now until we close applications for our Christmas Market stalls on Sunday 11th December!It is going to be a bri...
11/11/2022

Not long now until we close applications for our Christmas Market stalls on Sunday 11th December!
It is going to be a brilliant day with activities for the children and festive refreshments - something for all the family.

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

Check out our other Christmas fun and games during December ..... write your letter to Santa (we have a spacial post box), crafts and decorations to make and lovely snacks and of course don't forget Santa might drop in!

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

Have you booked for this yoga session on 27th November? It was popular last time so don’t forget to grab your spot. Deli...
09/11/2022
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Have you booked for this yoga session on 27th November?
It was popular last time so don’t forget to grab your spot.
Delighted to be welcoming this group back for another session !

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Tuesday 10am - 4pm
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.
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