Schools are invited to book visits to the David Livingstone Birthplace in Scotland, which has had a major transformation. 

David Livingstone Birthplace Museum

Source: Kat Gollock

The Birth Room at the museum in Scotland which houses a new exhibition.

The museum in South Lanarkshire will begin pilot school workshops from September focusing on colonial history, black history, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Learning for Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. A learning space will be available for schools as well as the parkland for outdoor learning sessions.   

The redesigned education and workshop space will also support a programme of community and partnership engagement including learning programmes, tours and activities.

The Birthplace, set on the site of the former Blantyre Works Mill and within 11 hectares of parkland, will invite school groups to follow Livingstone’s journey from Blantyre to Africa through the new exhibition in the historic Shuttle Row tenements where Livingstone was born and raised. The £9.1m regeneration has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Government and Historic Environment Scotland.

Grant Mackenzie, interim director at the David Livingstone Birthplace, said: “We are delighted to welcome visitors back this summer to explore the life of David Livingstone. Through our reimagined galleries and programmes, visitors will be able to discover the many aspects of this world-famous adventurer and companion, and the untold stories of the extraordinary men and women who are instrumental to his legacy.”

About David Livingstone

Livingstone (1813-1873) is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most famous Victorian explorers who was a prominent abolitionist and missionary and spent much of his life exploring the African continent.

Caroline Clark, director of Scotland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, added: “The David Livingstone Trust must be congratulated on this impressive project, which opens up the incredible story of David Livingstone’s life. With the help of National Lottery players, this important museum collection will inspire and inform visitors across Scotland and around the world.”

The Birthplace is located about half an hour from Glasgow Central by train or road.

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