David Livingstone Trust

Young Explorers

David Livingstone’s Birthplace will create inspiring learning experiences for a range of audiences. We will also deliver a broad variety of learning opportunities and facilitated programmes during the redevelopment process and as part of our core activity in the new museum.

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Learning Programme

Our aim is for the David Livingstone Centre to be an inspiring learning experience for a range of audiences. We will deliver a broad variety of learning opportunities and facilitated programmes during the redevelopment process, including;

  • Touring schools and church programme
  • Volunteer programme to recruit and train volunteers
  • Project with the Glasgow-based African diaspora to develop co-curated content for the museum, including bilingual interpretation
  • A range of community projects across South Lanarkshire, working with various local groups to create content for the museum
  • Cross-cultural art project involving artists from Scotland and Sub-Saharan Africa to create new artworks for the museum
  • Research project with Scottish and African academic and heritage institutions to develop knowledge of our collection, particularly our African ethnographic artefacts

Previous Events

Black History Month - October 2013

In October 2013 the David Livingstone Centre coordinated its first Black History Month programme supported by £4000 of funding from the Scottish Government’s David Livingstone 200 fund. This programme consisted of public workshops, talks, a performance, a tour, an outreach exhibition and a schools programme which ran throughout October. 120 secondary school pupils took part in the Black History Month schools programme over four days. The programme provided an opportunity for young people to find out about the African people who Livingstone met during his travels. It also provided an opportunity for the David Livingstone Centre to pilot educational activities as part of the Livingstone Online Outreach Project which is currently creating educational online resources for schools.

Kids Take Over The David Livingstone Centre - July 2013

In July 2013 The David Livingstone Centre and Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire collaborated to organise a four day programme. During the programme the children participated in various fun activities whilst also undertaking a range of challenging new learning experiences. They enjoyed the opportunity to have a level of control over the project by developing their final presentation. The children worked together to decide what artwork they wanted to create for their exhibition and devised their own drama. As the children were different ages the programme allowed for flexibility and encouraged the participants to work both independently and as part of a team. This therefore allowed the participants to develop their personal and interpersonal skills.

Livingstone's Lifepath - June 2013

In June 2013 Livingstone’s Lifepath, a collaborative project which involved the David Livingstone Centre partnering with Scripture Union Scotland and Calderside Academy’s Chaplaincy Team with contribution from Christian Aid, was developed to deliver a week long spiritual learning experience. This event coincided with the bicentennial year of David Livingstone’s birth which presented an opportunity for local young people to reflect on the life of a fellow local Blantyre boy. From Monday 3rd to Friday 7th June 2013 over two hundred and sixty S2 pupils attended the Livingstone’s Lifepath programme. Each day pupils from Calderside Academy and John Ogilvie High School attended workshops at the centre inspired by the life of David Livingstone.

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Activities associated with each theme engage families and small groups