Lion and Club

David Livingstone & Global Scotland

In this session, a member of the David Livingstone Birthplace learning team will introduce your class to Livingstone’s life, work, and legacy – from a child worker in Blantyre Cotton Works mill, through his travels across Central and Southern Africa, to international fame.

We’ll also explore Scotland’s links to the rest of the world through trade, empire, and exploration. Did you know that there is another Blantyre in Malawi? Or that the Blantyre Cotton Works used to be part of a global trade network with Africa and America? This session will look at Scotland’s connections with countries in Africa through object handling, original source analysis, historical investigation and class debates.

By the end of the session, you will:

  • Know who David Livingstone was, why he became famous and have the opportunity to analyse his history with a critical lens.
  • Know more about our own local history through a global perspective.

Curriculum Link

  • SOC 2-03A - I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events, or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society.
  • SOC 2-06A - I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.

Duration: 45 minutes.

Costs: £60 per session.


These sessions can be adapted for different age groups to those listed and can also be delivered as virtual visits.

To book your workshop please complete our online Booking Request Form.

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Any questions regarding this workshop please e-mail

Also see Workshops section for more information.

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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.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland
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.

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