The David Livingstone Birthplace Collection is unique and internationally significant. At their core are many of the items that were saved and returned to Britain by Livingstone’s African companions, Susi and Chuma, along with many other items that have been subsequently collected by the local people who formed the David Livingstone Trust (DLT). As such they represent a remarkable, international effort by community-members across a considerable period to create a material record of Livingstone.
The Collection includes various personal belongings and artefacts of David Livingstone and his family and circle.
- Extensive manuscripts and papers belonging to Livingstone, including several significant holograph manuscripts of Livingstone and his circle.
- Various early Livingstone editions.
- Ethnographic material collected by Livingstone and others.
- Contemporary photographs and portraits of Livingstone.
- Multiple items of Livingstone memorabilia.
- The Blantyre Works library, an important surviving example of an early workers’ education initiative.
- A series of artworks inspired by Livingstone, including a unique set of backlit bas relief tableaux by Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson, housed in a dedicated gallery.
You can read more about Repatriation and Remediation Statement.
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