David Livingstone Birthplace

Episode 1: Kate Simpson Interviews Justin Livingstone About Missionary Travels Digital Edition




Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa (1857) is David Livingstone’s major literary accomplishment. It serves as the primary public statement of both his personal objectives as a missionary and explorer and his theories about the future prospects of south-central Africa. Following publication, Missionary Travels became one of the most influential works on Africa of the mid-Victorian period.

It encouraged other expeditionary travellers, inspired numerous missionary ventures, and contributed significantly to the intensification of interest in the continent prior to the “Scramble for Africa” in the late-nineteenth century.

More podcasts can be found in our Podcast section.


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

Support Us

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.

Support Us

Get Involved


Sign-Up For Our Newsletter

Subscribe