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2013 is an exciting year at the David Livingstone Centre, birthplace of the great missionary and explorer. The current increasing interest in his life has also brought an increase in visitor numbers, and volunteers have been crucial in ensuring that everyone who heads for the property continues to have a fantastic visitor experience, especially some of our smallest visitors...

Recent visits by the President of Malawi and Scotland’s First Minister have heightened the property’s profile, and school groups in particular have been drawn to the David Livingstone Centre by the range of curriculum links available.

Volunteers are vital to the success of the schools programme, and can often be found leading the visits dressed in period costume to provide an air of authenticity. They ensure that even the youngest pupils gain an insight into Livingstone’s background, life and work, alongside the historical context of a child growing up in the heart of the Industrial Revolution. The visit wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to try out some Victorian games and toys, to the amusement of the guides and the amazement of the children!

Lately awarded full museum accreditation, the David Livingstone Centre contains the original tenement block of Shuttle Row, which in Livingstone’s time housed 24 families and was located next to the busy Blantyre Cotton Mills. Although the cotton mills no longer exist, visitors to Shuttle Row can still experience the one-room tenement which Livingstone shared with three generations of his family. The museum’s collections feature many of his belongings, including maps, medical supplies and his original expedition diaries.

Volunteer numbers at the property have been recently boosted following a successful recruitment drive - to read about one DLC volunteer’s experiences, visit www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/Story/271 .

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