Volunteer working at David Livingstone Birthplace

Research Volunteer


Following a four-year refurbishment, we opened our brand-new museum exhibition, shop, and café in July 2021. This is an exciting time to join us as we welcome visitors into the new museum for the 2022 season.

We are looking for enthusiastic research volunteers to join our team. This is a vital role in supporting the museum and furthering our understanding and interpretation of the Livingstone story. Volunteers will also have opportunities to contribute to museum interpretation and important public outreach work. Full training will be provided, and volunteers will be able to claim reimbursement for travel.


David Livingstone Birthplace, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY. Remote, home-based.


Museum Curator.


  • An interest in David Livingstone’s story and the recontextualised museum collection and interpretation.
  • An interest in Southern and Central African history from 1800-Present.
  • An interest in carrying out in-depth, high-quality research.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • An ability to work independently.
  • An ability to engage with challenging topics such as colonial history, Scotland’s involvement in the slave trade and British imperialism and the ways that these issues still impact Scotland’s culture and economy.

Time and Level of Commitment

A minimum of 2 days per month volunteering in person or remotely would be preferable for this voluntary role. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to work entirely remotely.

Please contact us if you need the role description in an alternative format or if you require any other adjustments because of a disability in any part of the recruitment process. DLB is committed to making reasonable adjustments and is happy to answer any questions you may have about the recruitment process in order that you can identify any adjustments that may be required.


  • Researching objects, people, and places related to the Livingstone story.
  • Researching African cultural objects from the museum collection.
  • Conducting provenance research into source communities related to the museum collection.

The benefits of volunteering

  • The chance to meet new people and join our community of dedicated volunteers.
  • Gaining experience to use on your CV.
  • Gaining practical experience of working to decolonise a museum collection.
  • The opportunity to put existing skills into practice and building new skills.
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Contributing to the day-to-day operations of the David Livingstone Birthplace.
  • Volunteering references.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, and welcome applications from those facing barriers to employment, people living with a disability and with additional support needs, people from a BAME background, refugees. and those who identify as LGBTQI+. Previous convictions are not necessarily a barrier to volunteering.

The volunteer recruitment process will involve having an informal chat with the Museum Curator and completing a formal induction into the voluntary role.

To register interest and for further information please contact: volunteer@dltrust.uk.

Please state in your email why you would like to volunteer at DLB and any relevant experience or interests.

Also see Volunteers 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
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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