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The "Power Play" Youth Engagement Project

The ‘Power Play’ Youth Engagement Project, created by David Livingstone Birthplace, will support local young people and offer opportunities to increase their skills, confidence, employability, and sense of belonging within their communities.

The project will bring together a core group of young people, aged 16-25 years old, to develop new projects as part of a Youth Committee supported by museum staff.

They will explore the museum collection to learn more about themes from the Livingstone story, including decolonisation and climate change, as well as wider topics of their choice.

The Youth Committee will meet regularly at the museum and will decide how to develop their skills. Activities will involve social media takeovers, a community art project, hosting celebration events at the museum, and public speaking opportunities. Participants will also have opportunities to:

  • Connect with new people from their age group.
  • Learn more about behind-the-scenes roles at a museum.
  • Organise a celebration event at the museum in Summer 2023.
  • Expand their CV through recognised award schemes like the ‘Dynamic Youth’ and ‘Heritage Hero’ Awards.
  • Create a unique personal development plan with support from our staff.
  • Receive a £10 Amazon voucher each month for participation.

If you are a young person aged 16-25 interested in museums, arts and culture, history, outdoor activities, or all things digital - we would love to hear from you! Filling out the form will let us hear more about you, your interests, and your ideas.

Applications to join the David Livingstone Birthplace Youth Committee are open on a rolling basis throughout the year. You can fill in a digital application form below.

Digital Application Form

For further information about the project, please contact: natalie.lorimer@dltrust.uk.

Funding for "Power Play" has been awarded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, with additional support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Please also see our other Projects information.


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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