David Livingstone Birthplace Fun

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Visit David Livingstone Birthplace Museum to learn more about a Blantyre man who spent much of his life as a missionary and explorer in southern Africa.

The project will relaunch 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.

David Livingstone Birthplace is the only small independent museum in Scotland that is dedicated not only to preserving the legacy of David Livingstone, but importantly examining his work within the complex and painful realities of slavery, colonialism and Nineteenth Century European attitudes about Africans.

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.

During the winter, the museum is closed on Wednesday and Thursday and open on other days between 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (the last admission is 3:30 pm).

Tours will be running at 11:00 on Friday and Sunday.

The Museum is closed for January 2024 and February 2024 for essential maintenance and layout improvements, but the Cafe remains open.

Prearranged large groups are welcome to visit any time - don't hesitate to contact bookings@dltrust.uk for further 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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