Best Permanent Exhibition Nomination

The David Livingstone Birthplace Museum is up for Best Permanent Exhibition at the Museums & Heritage Awards 2022 this evening. Something certainly putting Blantyre on the map!

The accolades celebrate the very best in the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions worldwide and the award features museums all across the world.

The David Livingstone Trust, which owns and manages the museum, is Scotland’s only nomination in the category. At the time of writing, we’re awaiting to hear if they have won! Exciting!

Grant MacKenzie, director and trustee at David Livingstone Birthplace Museum and David Livingstone Trust said: “When many of the books about Livingstone were initially written, there wasn’t much information about the people he met and worked with in Africa. Some of them weren’t named, some of them weren’t even written about.

“We have found out lots more about them since then, and the reinterpretation of the collection is much more reflective of the real experiences Livingstone had. In the new museum we show how Livingstone successfully collaborated with the local people he met to achieve his great feats of exploration.

“We have endeavoured to represent Livingstone’s interest in aspects of the local cultures that he encountered on his travels across the African continent and give space to show the valuable friendship he made during his journeys. Wherever possible, we have tried to humanise Livingstone showing his flaws as well as his greatest qualities.”

David Livingstone Birthplace Museum is now open seven days a week from 10am. Guided tours operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11am. The tour will last around 60 minutes.

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