Celebrating Youth at David Livingstone Birthplace

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Date 2 August 2022

On International Youth Day, Youth Engagement Officer Natalie Lorimer reflects on our recent Youth Open Day event and shares more about how you can get involved with our new museum Youth Committee.

On Friday 22nd July, David Livingstone Birthplace hosted its first Youth Open Day to celebrate the young people we work with and to introduce our new youth engagement programme. With a block printing workshop, a set from DJs at Paisley’s Jambo! Radio, and some brilliant table-tennis skills on display, the afternoon was a fantastic showcase of creativity and community spirit. Thanks to all who joined us!

It is an exciting time to be involved with our youth audience at David Livingstone Birthplace. We have recently embarked on a new youth engagement project, ‘Power Play,’ which aims to support young people aged 12-25 and offer opportunities to increase their skills, confidence, employability, and sense of belonging within their communities. We are passionate that this project is run for young people, by young people — passing key decision-making over to youth voices.

As part of ‘Power Play,’ we are also delighted to be launching the David Livingstone Birthplace Youth Committee. The committee will bring together a core group of young people, aged 16-25, to develop new projects 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.

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 until Sunday 18th September. You can fill in a digital application form at this link: David Livingstone Birthplace Museum: Youth Committee Application Form (google.com)

Also see more postings at in the David Livingstone Birthplace Project Blog.

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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.

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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