The David Livingstone Birthplace museum in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, is to reopen this month following a three-year regeneration programme including a new interactive exhibition, a refurbished shop and café and a children’s play park.
The museum, set on the site of the former Blantyre Works Mill across 11 hectares of parkland, will invite visitors to follow Livingstone’s journey from Blantyre to Africa through the display 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 re-imagined 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.
Visitors to the museum will be presented with the 21st Century legacy of Livingstone’s story, told from multiple perspectives and discussions around the impact of European colonisation of Africa .
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.”
Groups will be able to book visits from 12th July and be able to benefit from discounts and special offers, including guided tours and the use of the events space.
The museum is located about half an hour from Glasgow Central by train or road.
For more information, to get in touch, and for special requests, visit www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org