David Livingstone Birthplace

David Livingstone Birthplace David Livingstone’s Birthplace Museum in Blantyre, Scotland opens 28 July, after a transformative renovation. The Birthplace museum invites you to follow Livingstone’s journey from Blantyre to Africa through our new interactive exhibition.
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David Livingstone’s Birthplace Museum in Blantyre, Scotland. Opening 28 July, after a transformative renovation. The museum's stunning new exhibition will showcase Livingstone’s life, from his birth in Blantyre to his death in Zambia. You'll be able to learn about the Scottish missionary and explorer, joining him in his journeys from Scotland to Southern and Central Africa. Using the exhibition’s

David Livingstone’s Birthplace Museum in Blantyre, Scotland. Opening 28 July, after a transformative renovation. The museum's stunning new exhibition will showcase Livingstone’s life, from his birth in Blantyre to his death in Zambia. You'll be able to learn about the Scottish missionary and explorer, joining him in his journeys from Scotland to Southern and Central Africa. Using the exhibition’s

Operating as usual

Just 4 days to go until David Livingstone Birthplace opens, after an incredible renovation!4 is also the number of years...
24/07/2021

Just 4 days to go until David Livingstone Birthplace opens, after an incredible renovation!

4 is also the number of years that Livingstone spent on his Trans-Africa expedition (1852-1856).

Confident in his belief that ’commerce and Christianity’ would benefit Africa, Livingstone set about exploring the continent for lucrative trade routes.

He became known as the first European to cross the continent, travelling from Angola to Mozambique.

He returned to the UK in 1856 a hero.

Was Livingstone really a hero though? Come along to our new exhibition and make up your own mind! Tickets available here: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Just 4 days to go until David Livingstone Birthplace opens, after an incredible renovation!

4 is also the number of years that Livingstone spent on his Trans-Africa expedition (1852-1856).

Confident in his belief that ’commerce and Christianity’ would benefit Africa, Livingstone set about exploring the continent for lucrative trade routes.

He became known as the first European to cross the continent, travelling from Angola to Mozambique.

He returned to the UK in 1856 a hero.

Was Livingstone really a hero though? Come along to our new exhibition and make up your own mind! Tickets available here: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

In 5 days, our stunning new exhibition will open! Did you know 5 of David Livingstone's crew - Susi, Chuma, Amoda, Gardn...
23/07/2021

In 5 days, our stunning new exhibition will open!

Did you know 5 of David Livingstone's crew - Susi, Chuma, Amoda, Gardner and Mabruki - carried his body over 1,000 miles from Zambia to the coast of Tanzania after he died?

Find out about their amazing story in our new display. Tickets are available on our website: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

In 5 days, our stunning new exhibition will open!

Did you know 5 of David Livingstone's crew - Susi, Chuma, Amoda, Gardner and Mabruki - carried his body over 1,000 miles from Zambia to the coast of Tanzania after he died?

Find out about their amazing story in our new display. Tickets are available on our website: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

We’re now just 6 DAYS out from opening our exciting new exhibition! 6 is also the number of children David Livingstone h...
22/07/2021

We’re now just 6 DAYS out from opening our exciting new exhibition!

6 is also the number of children David Livingstone had with his wife, Mary Livingstone (née Moffat). Their names were: Robert, Agnes, Thomas, Elizabeth, William, and Anna Mary.

Livingstone was an absent father, as he spent many years away from home exploring. His daughter Anna Mary was born at the beginning of his Zambezi Expedition; she was 5 years old when they finally met.

Find out more about Livingstone’s family and wife in our brand-new exhibition, opening 28 July. Tickets are available here: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

We’re now just 6 DAYS out from opening our exciting new exhibition!

6 is also the number of children David Livingstone had with his wife, Mary Livingstone (née Moffat). Their names were: Robert, Agnes, Thomas, Elizabeth, William, and Anna Mary.

Livingstone was an absent father, as he spent many years away from home exploring. His daughter Anna Mary was born at the beginning of his Zambezi Expedition; she was 5 years old when they finally met.

Find out more about Livingstone’s family and wife in our brand-new exhibition, opening 28 July. Tickets are available here: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

21/07/2021

Just a little advanced warning that the cafe will be closed till 1pm on Wednesday 28th July- reopening at 1pm till 5pm . We will start our new hours of 10am -5pm on Thursday 29th July ❤️ #davidlivingstonebirthplace #livingstonescafe #cake #coffee #blantyre #glasgow

It’s just 7 days till our brand-new exhibition opens! 7 is also the amount of years David Livingstone spent on his Nile ...
21/07/2021

It’s just 7 days till our brand-new exhibition opens!

7 is also the amount of years David Livingstone spent on his Nile expedition…

Livingstone was convinced that if he found the source of the Nile, he would have the notoriety to gather support in abolishing the East African Slave Trade.

This expedition however was fraught with issues. After years of hearing nothing from Livingstone, search parties were sent out to find him. In 1871, H. M. Stanley found him, greeting him with the now famous quote, ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?’

Despite being no closer to finding the source of the Nile and with his health faltering, Livingstone refused to leave Africa. He died in 1873.

You can learn more about Livingstone’s life in our brand-new exhibition, opening 28 July. Tickets are available here: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

It’s just 7 days till our brand-new exhibition opens!

7 is also the amount of years David Livingstone spent on his Nile expedition…

Livingstone was convinced that if he found the source of the Nile, he would have the notoriety to gather support in abolishing the East African Slave Trade.

This expedition however was fraught with issues. After years of hearing nothing from Livingstone, search parties were sent out to find him. In 1871, H. M. Stanley found him, greeting him with the now famous quote, ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?’

Despite being no closer to finding the source of the Nile and with his health faltering, Livingstone refused to leave Africa. He died in 1873.

You can learn more about Livingstone’s life in our brand-new exhibition, opening 28 July. Tickets are available here: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

It's another glorious day down at David Livingstone Birthplace. The café is open for takeaway 10am till 3pm, as well as ...
20/07/2021

It's another glorious day down at David Livingstone Birthplace.

The café is open for takeaway 10am till 3pm, as well as our shop, toilets, and play park!

The museum opens next Wednesday. You can purchase your tickets online today at www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Displays throughout our new exhibition will tell the story of Livingstone’s wider crew who were instrumental to his expe...
19/07/2021

Displays throughout our new exhibition will tell the story of Livingstone’s wider crew who were instrumental to his expeditions.

We'll discuss the well-known figures of Sechele I, Susi, Chuma and Wainwright, and the unnamed individuals who nevertheless played vital roles.

This close up image shows the detail on a double handed fibre urn, made by either Susi or Chuma.

Tickets are now on sale for the exhibition, which opens NEXT WEEK!

www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Displays throughout our new exhibition will tell the story of Livingstone’s wider crew who were instrumental to his expeditions.

We'll discuss the well-known figures of Sechele I, Susi, Chuma and Wainwright, and the unnamed individuals who nevertheless played vital roles.

This close up image shows the detail on a double handed fibre urn, made by either Susi or Chuma.

Tickets are now on sale for the exhibition, which opens NEXT WEEK!

www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

FREE games from 12 till 3pm here at David Livingstone Birthplace today. Come on down and have some fun playing badminton...
18/07/2021

FREE games from 12 till 3pm here at David Livingstone Birthplace today.

Come on down and have some fun playing badminton, croquet, giant jenga, hoop toss and more!

Café, shop and toilets open till 3pm.

FREE games from 12 till 3pm here at David Livingstone Birthplace today.

Come on down and have some fun playing badminton, croquet, giant jenga, hoop toss and more!

Café, shop and toilets open till 3pm.

17/07/2021

A set of keys has been found on site. They have been handed in to Livingstone’s Café. If they are yours, please ask at the café.

Café and shop update 📢The café will open 10:00 to 15:00 from tomorrow, running a take away service only (due to current ...
15/07/2021

Café and shop update 📢

The café will open 10:00 to 15:00 from tomorrow, running a take away service only (due to current staffing restrictions).

The shop and toilets will also open 10:00 till 15:00.

We will continue to update you all across our social media! 🍰

We were thrilled to recently receive a £200 donation from the Asda foundation-UK’s Green Tokens Scheme, plus a huge sele...
14/07/2021

We were thrilled to recently receive a £200 donation from the Asda foundation-UK’s Green Tokens Scheme, plus a huge selection of over 200 bedding plants and climbers from local supermarket Asda! They're going to look great across the site! 🌸🌺🌼🌷🌹

Read more: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/museum-landscaping-work-receives-funding-boost.html

We were thrilled to recently receive a £200 donation from the Asda foundation-UK’s Green Tokens Scheme, plus a huge selection of over 200 bedding plants and climbers from local supermarket Asda! They're going to look great across the site! 🌸🌺🌼🌷🌹

Read more: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/museum-landscaping-work-receives-funding-boost.html

There is a road closure on Station Road. You can still access David Livingstone Birthplace by following the green line o...
13/07/2021

There is a road closure on Station Road. You can still access David Livingstone Birthplace by following the green line on the map (the red line shows the road closure).

Please note: our café and shop remain closed for now, that includes the toilets.

There is a road closure on Station Road. You can still access David Livingstone Birthplace by following the green line on the map (the red line shows the road closure).

Please note: our café and shop remain closed for now, that includes the toilets.

Opening later this month, our museum will guide you through David Livingstone's life - with a little help from some red ...
12/07/2021

Opening later this month, our museum will guide you through David Livingstone's life - with a little help from some red thread...

The red threads represent the threads dyed with Turkey Red dye, a process that helped the Blantyre Works Mill flourish. The thread is a reminder that David’s story started here in Blantyre as we follow him around Southern and Central Africa.

You can purchase tickets for our exhibition at:
www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Opening later this month, our museum will guide you through David Livingstone's life - with a little help from some red thread...

The red threads represent the threads dyed with Turkey Red dye, a process that helped the Blantyre Works Mill flourish. The thread is a reminder that David’s story started here in Blantyre as we follow him around Southern and Central Africa.

You can purchase tickets for our exhibition at:
www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

"Later this month, the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum will re-open after a substantial refurbishment...The museum’s...
12/07/2021
Why cancel culture that dismisses David Livingstone as just an old colonialist is lazy and dangerous – Susan Dalgety

"Later this month, the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum will re-open after a substantial refurbishment...The museum’s curators have looked again at David Livingstone’s life, in an effort to tell a more rounded story about his 30 years exploring southern Africa."

The Scotsman

The James Gillespie High School English teacher who cited the use of the N-word in To Kill a Mockingbird as one of the reasons to cancel the classic novel is obviously no student of 21st century vernacular.

Our café and shop will remain closed this weekend. We will review next week and post any updates on our social media. Th...
09/07/2021

Our café and shop will remain closed this weekend. We will review next week and post any updates on our social media.

Thank you all for your understanding.

Our café and shop will remain closed this weekend. We will review next week and post any updates on our social media.

Thank you all for your understanding.

Our BioBlitz event is now FULLY BOOKED. Let us know what other events you'd like to see at David Livingstone Birthplace!
08/07/2021

Our BioBlitz event is now FULLY BOOKED.

Let us know what other events you'd like to see at David Livingstone Birthplace!

*Now fully booked*

BIOBLITZ – Friday 9 July 2021 - Suitable for all ages - Join The Conservation Volunteers and become a wildlife explorer for the day!

Drop in any time to visit our stall with weird and wonderful objects and crafts. Try out some bark rubbing, mini-beast hunting and butterfly sweeping for yourself. At 11 am and 2 pm, there will be guided nature walks where you can discover more about the bugs, birds and mammals of the local area.

Request your place by filling in the form on our website:
https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/get-into-summer-2021

Made possible through Museums Galleries Scotland & Parent Club Scotland

*Now fully booked*BIOBLITZ – Friday 9 July 2021 - Suitable for all ages - Join The Conservation Volunteers and become a ...
07/07/2021

*Now fully booked*

BIOBLITZ – Friday 9 July 2021 - Suitable for all ages - Join The Conservation Volunteers and become a wildlife explorer for the day!

Drop in any time to visit our stall with weird and wonderful objects and crafts. Try out some bark rubbing, mini-beast hunting and butterfly sweeping for yourself. At 11 am and 2 pm, there will be guided nature walks where you can discover more about the bugs, birds and mammals of the local area.

Request your place by filling in the form on our website:
https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/get-into-summer-2021

Made possible through Museums Galleries Scotland & Parent Club Scotland

*Now fully booked*

BIOBLITZ – Friday 9 July 2021 - Suitable for all ages - Join The Conservation Volunteers and become a wildlife explorer for the day!

Drop in any time to visit our stall with weird and wonderful objects and crafts. Try out some bark rubbing, mini-beast hunting and butterfly sweeping for yourself. At 11 am and 2 pm, there will be guided nature walks where you can discover more about the bugs, birds and mammals of the local area.

Request your place by filling in the form on our website:
https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/get-into-summer-2021

Made possible through Museums Galleries Scotland & Parent Club Scotland

Our museum opens in 3 weeks! Our stunning new exhibition opens 28 JULY 2021. Following Livingstone from his birth in Bla...
07/07/2021

Our museum opens in 3 weeks!

Our stunning new exhibition opens 28 JULY 2021. Following Livingstone from his birth in Blantyre to his death in Zambia, we identify the events, communities and people who helped shaped his life and expeditions.

Tickets now available: http://david-livingstone-birthplace.org

A member of staff from Livingstone’s Café has tested positive for Covid. So, as a precautionary measure, we are closing ...
05/07/2021

A member of staff from Livingstone’s Café has tested positive for Covid. So, as a precautionary measure, we are closing the café and shop and completing a deep clean. We will let you know when we plan to reopen.

For further guidance please follow UK Government guidelines.

A member of staff from Livingstone’s Café has tested positive for Covid. So, as a precautionary measure, we are closing the café and shop and completing a deep clean. We will let you know when we plan to reopen.

For further guidance please follow UK Government guidelines.

Now that our café, shop and play park are open, you may see some of our awesome volunteers out and about. Do say hello, ...
02/07/2021

Now that our café, shop and play park are open, you may see some of our awesome volunteers out and about.

Do say hello, they're a very friendly bunch!

Here's some of the team gardening yesterday 💚

If you'd like to get involved, please email us on [email protected]

It's wonderful to see so many smiling faces enjoying our brand new play park! 😊😊😊The sun is beaming - come on down and e...
01/07/2021

It's wonderful to see so many smiling faces enjoying our brand new play park! 😊😊😊

The sun is beaming - come on down and enjoy 🌞🌞🌞

It's wonderful to see so many smiling faces enjoying our brand new play park! 😊😊😊

The sun is beaming - come on down and enjoy 🌞🌞🌞

Our wonderful new café and shop open today, and so does our play park! 🥳It's a gorgeous sunny day and we can't wait to w...
01/07/2021

Our wonderful new café and shop open today, and so does our play park! 🥳

It's a gorgeous sunny day and we can't wait to welcome you all! 🌞🌞🌞

Please note: There is still work going on at the museum, and therefore some areas (including the museum itself) are currently out of bounds.

The museum opens 28 July - you can book your tickets on our website: www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

Did we mention that our play park, café and shop open TOMORROW?! Come on down from 9am, it's set to be a beautiful day! ...
30/06/2021

Did we mention that our play park, café and shop open TOMORROW?!

Come on down from 9am, it's set to be a beautiful day!

The museum opens 28 July. Tickets are available online - www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org

It's a huge team effort to prepare David Livingstone Birthplace for opening, and we couldn't do it without the support o...
29/06/2021

It's a huge team effort to prepare David Livingstone Birthplace for opening, and we couldn't do it without the support of our incredible volunteers and the team at Skills Exchange SCIO

Skills Exchange SCIO is an employment and education charity, taking action to transform lives throughout South Lanarkshire. You can find out more about their work here: http://skillscio.org/

It's a huge team effort to prepare David Livingstone Birthplace for opening, and we couldn't do it without the support of our incredible volunteers and the team at Skills Exchange SCIO

Skills Exchange SCIO is an employment and education charity, taking action to transform lives throughout South Lanarkshire. You can find out more about their work here: http://skillscio.org/

We're aware that there are road works starting soon on Station Road, near Park Lane. You are able to access David Living...
28/06/2021

We're aware that there are road works starting soon on Station Road, near Park Lane.

You are able to access David Livingstone Birthplace through Holmswood Avenue and Cowan Wilson Avenue, leading onto Farm Road, and then back onto Station Road.

The red line on the map is the road closure. The green line a suggested route round. There should be diversion signs.

We're aware that there are road works starting soon on Station Road, near Park Lane.

You are able to access David Livingstone Birthplace through Holmswood Avenue and Cowan Wilson Avenue, leading onto Farm Road, and then back onto Station Road.

The red line on the map is the road closure. The green line a suggested route round. There should be diversion signs.

David Livingstone Birthplace is opening 28 July 2021Filled with exciting interactives and wonderful surprises, the stunn...
28/06/2021

David Livingstone Birthplace is opening 28 July 2021

Filled with exciting interactives and wonderful surprises, the stunning new exhibition showcases Livingstone’s life and adventures.

Learn about the Scottish explorer, and travel with him from Scotland to Southern and Central Africa. Discover the fearsome lion and navigate the stars. Hear about the communities and people who Livingstone met and worked with, before reflecting on his legacy.

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

David Livingstone Birthplace is opening 28 July 2021

Filled with exciting interactives and wonderful surprises, the stunning new exhibition showcases Livingstone’s life and adventures.

Learn about the Scottish explorer, and travel with him from Scotland to Southern and Central Africa. Discover the fearsome lion and navigate the stars. Hear about the communities and people who Livingstone met and worked with, before reflecting on his legacy.

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

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Blantyre
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