About Us

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.


Our Values

Reflexive

We seek to understand the past from multiple perspectives and champion overlooked narratives, voices and experiences. 

Challenging

We aim to challenge prejudice and discrimination, being actively anti-racist and acknowledging privilege with regards to all minority and protected groups. 

Respectful

We respect the sensitive nature of the histories and objects in the museum collection and treat them with the upmost care.

Inclusive

We want to create a safe space for difficult conversations that is welcoming and accessible to all.  

Collaborative 

We will work together with community groups, artists and activists both locally and internationally. 

Engaging

We intend to promote learning and exchange through events, projects and innovative partnerships.  



We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project. Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland

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As a registered charity we rely on your donations to help us maintain the museum, its unique collections and educational programmes. Your generosity will make a difference, thank you.

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