David Livingstone Birthplace

The Birthplace Project

What is the Birthplace Project?

The Birthplace Project will re-ignite the powerful story of David Livingstone for new generations and further strengthen the world wide connections that Livingstone and his principles and legacy have inspired not just locally but globally.

The Centre will become a key resource for learning about his heritage and his far reaching impact in - science, health, exploration, faith and humanitarian endeavour. It will be a vibrant new visitor destination telling the story of the remarkable life and heritage of David Livingstone (1813 – 1873). This story sets Scotland in a global context and presents a compelling universal example of what each of us can achieve – and what we have to offer the world. Given the importance of our Collection we intend to become a centre for research; and deliver learning and public programmes to support schools, community regeneration and international partnerships.

Visitors will travel from all corners of the globe to explore his story and we believe they will become a part of Livingstone's living legacy through this transformative project. It will ensure that David Livingstone's impact continues to be felt locally, nationally and internationally for future generations. Ultimately we want to create a dynamic visitor experience where people can learn about and be inspired by Livingstone’s story, his childhood home and our Collection.

What Will the Project Include?

The project will include:

  • Renewal of the historic buildings of Shuttle Row and the Weavers Cottages (Grade A listed buildings) to include additional display space, refreshed storage facilities with a research room and refurbished education/workshop spaces
  • New interpretation of our internationally important Collection, telling the story of David Livingstone from poor millworker to global figure to enable all of us to think about how we might too make an impact on our world
  • The refurbishment of the African Pavilions to include café and shop; and multi-use space for temporary exhibitions, talks, workshops and community use
  • Landscaping of part of grounds to recreate an authentic sense of the Shuttle Row courtyard and to open up the entrance, leading visitors to the Birthplace Museum
  • Delivery of an Activity Plan to engage our public, inspire social justice and personal achievement; and make our visitors aware of the heritage value of our historic site

What Will the Project Deliver?

Once the Project is complete the David Livingstone Trust, through the Birthplace Project will deliver the following:

  • The Centre will be a location for research and the delivery of learning and public programmes to support community regeneration and international development
  • Our Collection which will be exhibited will be restored and we will manage the restoration of the rest of our Collection
  • Improved interpretation which will be aimed at helping people understand and enjoy heritage
  • We will record and make our heritage available on-site and on-line
  • In meeting our combined Project Outcomes we will generate a number of community benefits to Blantyre and the wider area

The Birthplace Project capitalises on the significant levels of awareness and enthusiasm for Livingstone and the site, following the success of the Bi-Centenary Programme and the widespread support and goodwill from various agencies, locally and from both Scottish and UK governments.

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Whilst the Birthplace Project Renovations are taking place the Centre is closed, however, the Parklands and Grounds are open 7 days a week for visitors to come and enjoy.

David Livingstone Birthplace Project
David Livingstone Birthplace Project
David Livingstone Birthplace Project
David Livingstone Birthplace Project
David Livingstone Birthplace Project

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland