David Livingstone Centre gets £6m funding boost

5 Jul 2017

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We're delighted to announce that funding has been allocated to the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre.

£6 million will be invested to renovate the museum with the hope to attract more visitors to the area.

The Scottish Government will invest £1.375 million with £4.1 million coming from the National Lottery and £575,000 from Historic Environment Scotland.

The interpretation of around 3,000 internationally significant artefacts will be modernised and visitor facilities such as the café and shop upgraded.

The friendship between Scots and Malawians began in 1859, with the warm welcome extended to David Livingstone and his companions when he entered what is now Malawi for the first time.

David Livingstone fought vociferously against the slave trade and established life-long friendships with many in Africa, and he was led by a spirit of co-operation, partnership and internationalism. Such values are alive and well today in the countless personal friendships between Scotland and Malawi: Livingstone’s living legacy.

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan said:

“David Livingstone remains to this day a deeply inspirational and iconic figure to many people here in Scotland, in Africa and across the world. Principles of global humanitarianism and solidarity lay behind much of his work.

“The reinvigoration of these historic buildings and surrounding grounds, aided by the Scottish Government’s £1.375 million funding, will create new spaces and opportunities for people to learn about the important legacy of one of Scotland’s national heroes. It is appropriate that the project gets underway during this, our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

“The other partners, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scotland Malawi Partnership and South Lanarkshire Council are to be congratulated for working with the David Livingstone Trust to support this exciting project.”