David Livingstone Birthplace is the only independent museum in Scotland that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of David Livingstone and examining his work within the complex and painful realities of slavery, colonialism and Nineteenth Century European attitudes towards African people and community groups.
This puts the museum in a unique position to be central to discussions around Scotland’s role in slavery and colonisation and how that is represented both in our interpretation of David Livingstone’s story and the objects we hold within the museum. We embrace that position, and are committed to challenging unconscious bias, privilege, apathy and ignorance. We consider all of this in relation to understanding Scottish heritage, missionary work, colonial history, and specifically with regard to the untold and contested narratives relating to Black history.
The David Livingstone Trust (DLT) was entrusted in 1930 with the ownership of David Livingstone Birthplace at Blantyre, which includes the Category A-Listed Building of his birth, surrounding parkland, and the original 2,000 piece David Livingstone collection. The current project will re-launch David Livingstone Birthplace site and re-interpret his story for a new generation, telling his life-story from multiple perspectives, from his humble beginnings as a Blantyre mill-worker to becoming a world famous adventurer.
We seek to understand the past from multiple perspectives and champion overlooked narratives, voices and experiences.
We aim to challenge prejudice and discrimination, being actively anti-racist and acknowledging privilege with regards to all minority and protected groups.
We respect the sensitive nature of the histories and objects in the museum collection and treat them with the upmost care.
We want to create a safe space for difficult conversations that is welcoming and accessible to all.
We will work together with community groups, artists and activists both locally and internationally.
We intend to promote learning and exchange through events, projects and innovative partnerships.