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Welcome to the David Livingstone Trust Newsletter!

We are delighted to bring you the latest news from the David Livingstone Trust and Birthplace Project. The last few weeks have been busy, with exciting progress made at the Birthplace site. Take a look behind the scenes and watch our new video!

The Birthplace Project team were delighted to welcome a team from Belong Nottingham to our office recently, and we also got to speak to our local community at the Dogs Trust Fun Day in Chatelherault and at the Blantyre Summer Gala Day. 

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Best wishes
The David Livingstone Trust Team

Watch the latest video from our YouTube channel, which shows you how the restoration of the Birthplace Project is progressing. You can subscribe here to get free alerts when we release future videos.

Discussing Livingstone links – two National Lottery Heritage Fund projects meet for the first time

The Belong Nottingham team, who are working on a project focussing on the untold African histories at Newstead Abbey, visited the Birthplace Project team last month. We were delighted to welcome the team to our temporary offices to exchange research progress, information and ideas on how to work collaboratively.

Both teams are working towards addressing the hidden histories present in Nottingham and Blantyre. We were able to share some of the exciting stories we'll be telling in the new David Livingstone Birthplace Museum and celebrate the achievements of our volunteers over the last year. You can read more about the Belong Nottingham visit on our website here.

Have you seen the Birthplace Project pop-up? Don’t miss out this summer and head to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, where our pop-up will be on display in the Boatshop (in the same building as the Puffers Café) until the 3rd September. 

The 'Millboy to Victorian Icon' touring pop-up display is free to visit and highlights our exciting plans whilst the museum undergoes refurbishment as part of the Birthplace Project. With fun activities for everyone to take part in, the David Livingstone Birthplace Project pop-up also gives a wee glimpse into the exciting story of the famous Scottish Victorian explorer.

Some of you may already know that the David Livingstone Trust owns and cares for the parkland surrounding Shuttle Row (site of the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum). We have plenty of dog walkers visiting even while the building is being refurbished, so what better opportunity to share Birthplace Project news with our four-legged friends than to take part in the Dogs Trust Fun Day in Chatelherault Country Park? Watch a short video of the day here.


Get Involved!

Are you a South Lanarkshire teacher? We are looking for enthusiastic teachers to take part in an exciting review of our learning resource ‘David Livingstone: A Global Citizen’. Looking at Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development Goals, this is an exciting opportunity for you to get involved in developing a learning resource tailored to your classroom needs. We are working closely with the WOSDEC to develop this resource. If you’re interested in finding out more, please email

Did you know?

Livingstone was 'lost' for six years. Between 1865 and 1871 Livingstone lost all contact with the outside world. An expedition was organised with American journalist Henry Morton Stanley, tasked with finding Livingstone. It is from this encounter that the immortal words 'Doctor Livingstone, I presume,' were uttered, according to a report in a New York Herald editorial dated 10 August 1872.

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