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Research Competition

Women’s history has often been overlooked, and because of this it’s sometimes easy to forget how much women have achieved.

Historically, stories about oppressed and marginalised people have not been studied, re-told and remembered.

At the David Livingstone Birthplace, we want to research these stories, so that we can present a more balanced history.

Have a go at doing some research of your own. Pick a woman from history and research her life for a chance of having your work published on our website.

Competition Instructions

Choose a famous woman from history, somebody you are interested in, and find out more about her. You can look online or find books in your local library. Check out Wikipedia or Britannica Kids to start off with.

Use the questions below to inspire your research or fill out a fact file. We have provided a Fact File Template (PDF) to download, but you can also design your own.

Check out these example fact files of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and medical professional and suffragette Marion Gilchrist.

Here are some questions to think about:

  • What is her name?
  • What is she known for?
  • What was her childhood like?
  • Did she have access to education?
  • How was her life different because of her gender? What difficulties did she have to overcome in her life?
  • What inspired her to achieve the things she did?

E-mail your finished research projects to We will publish the best entries on our museum's blog for everyone to see and learn from.

Note: This competition is now closed. However, you can see a sample of our entries below. Well done to everyone who entered.

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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