David Livingstone Centre

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The David Livingstone Centre is a biographical museum in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, dedicated to the life and work of the explorer and missionary David Livingstone. The centre is operated by the National Trust for Scotland and is housed in a category A listed building.[1]

It is located in the former mill buildings which once housed 24 families including Livingstone's, and where he was born on 19 March 1813. The centre depicts Livingstone's life from his early childhood working in the mill, to his African adventures. These are illustrated with the aid of various pieces of his navigational and medical equipment, interspersed with African artefacts.[2][3]

The project was overseen by Sir Frank Mears and Pilkington Jackson was commissioned to sculpt the several bronze tableaux depicting the life of Livingstone.


  1. ^ "Scottish National Memorial To David Livingstone: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. 
  2. ^ "'Priceless' Spear Stolen from Museum". BBC. 1999-12-08. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Dr Livingstone's Spear, I Presume". BBC. 1999-12-10. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 

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Coordinates: 55°48′08″N 4°05′02″W / 55.80223°N 4.08385°W / 55.80223; -4.08385