The David Livingstone Birthplace is scheduled to re-open in Summer 2020 after undergoing a £6.1 million refurbishment. It's a key visitor attraction near Glasgow on the site of the former Blantyre Works Mill, with cafe & shop, surrounded by 11 ha of parkland along the banks of the River Clyde.
David Livingstone was a Scottish physician and pioneering Christian missionary who became a life-long abolitionist and well-respected explorer in Africa. His extraordinary story transformed him into one of the most popular British heroes of the Victorian era.
Tunya Investigates - Episode 3, Gender Inequality
In this episode, Tunya speaks to Kate Simpson about the women in David's life including his wife Mary and his cook Halima.
They talk about some of the difficulties of researching women's history and what Kate is looking forward to about the new museum exhibition.
For more learning resources related to Gender Inequality - check out our website: https://www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org/global-citizenship-gender-inequality.html
Tunya Investigates! Episode Two - Factory Life
Hello and welcome to another episode of Tunya Investigates!
Today we're talking about David's childhood in Blantyre. What did he get up to every day? What were his interests? What were his family like? When did he start working at the mill? What kind of child would David be if he was growing up today?
For answers to all these questions, listen to this second episode of Tunya Investigates!
Tunya Investigates! Episode One - Conservation
Welcome to Tunya Investigates! The new podcast brought to you by the David Livingstone Birthplace Project.
Join Tunya the Lion as he learns all about the Museum Collection and about David Livingstone himself. Today we are discussing a very special Hippo tooth from the museum's collection, how it got there and how we look after it. With special guest Learning Assistant Rosa Cato and host Tunya the Lion.
Intro and Outro music written and produced by Matt Stephen.
Petina Gappah on 'Out of Darkness, Shining Light'
Petina Gappah (Author and International Lawyer) in discussion with Kate Simpson (David Livingstone Trust Trustee, University of Glasgow Lecturer, Livingstone Online Project Scholar)about her 2020 novel 'Out of Darkness, Shining Light' https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571345328-out-of-darkness-shining-light.html
For more information about the David Livingstone Birthplace and the Birthplace Project please visit www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org
Inside the Birthplace Collection: Kate Simpson talks about about the Manganga (Man'janga) lip ring
In this episode Dr Kate Simpson, Lecturer in Digital Media and Information Studies at the University of Glasgow, talks to Sophie Wylie, Museum Studies student at the University of Glasgow, about the Manganga (Man'janga) lip ring David Livingstone took in May 1859. Livingstone subsequently sent the lip ring back as a present to his daughter Agnes and notes in his letter how “sorry” the original owner had been to part with it. Kate discusses the significance of the lip ring and the problems inherent in its acquisition, as it was transformed from a piece of woman’s jewellery to a colonial artefact. The lip ring is on loan to the David Livingstone Birthplace museum collection.
An image of the lip ring can be found here: https://livingstoneonline.org/in-his-own-words/catalogue?query=liv_012043&view_pid=liv%3A012043&view_page=0
In this letter to Agnes David Livingstone talks about getting the lip ring: https://livingstoneonline.org/in-his-own-words/catalogue?query=liv_001543&view_pid=liv%3A001543
Inside the Birthplace Collection: Kate Smith talks about a photograph album in the museum collection
In this week's episode, Collections Manager Kate Smith talks to Sophie Wylie, Museum Studies student at the University of Glasgow, about a photograph album in the David Livingstone Birthplace Collection. The album likely covers a mission station in Southern Africa in the early 20th century. One of the photographs in this album depicts local children playing a game.
Kate recognises this game as a version of one she played as a child in North America - 'mancala'. Through discussions with trainees at the museum, the team discovered a connection they didn't expect.
Find out more about mancala games on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mancala
This is a list of mancala-like games throughout the world: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mancala_games
Variations of the game are often called 'Bao' or 'Oware' in East and West Africa, respectively.