Who Was David Livingstone And Why Do We Have A Museum Dedicated To Him?

May 2022

David News Aside R1

In the coming months, we’ll be introducing Livingstone’s story by examining conflicting traits and behaviours, and challenging preconceived notions.

  • We’ll discuss Livingstone’s greatest influences, including his wife, his crew, and the African communities he worked with.
  • We’ll explore how Livingstone’s love of science caused him conflict as a devote Christian, and how he finally embraced both.
  • We’ll examine why he was shunned by the same people who celebrated and supported him, and how he is seen today (including recent controversy over memorials and statues).
  • And finally, we’ll address how he was a committed activist but also stood by and accepted help from those he opposed. Can we really call him an abolitionist..?

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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.

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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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