Celebrating the bicentenary
of the birth of Dr David Livingstone

19 March 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. This explorer, writer, missionary, medic and anti-slavery campaigner rose from humble beginnings in a Lanarkshire tenement to become celebrated as “Africa’s first freedom fighter.” Join us in rediscovering a man whose life and legacy has spanned continents.


You Took The Part That Once Was My Heart

After his death, in May 1873, Livingstone's heart was buried under a mvula tree at Chitambo in modern day Zambia. In subsequent years the tree was felled and given away or even sold in pieces as souvenirs. The same happened to other trees associated with Livingstone. Dutch artists Sybren Renema and Timmy van Zoelan present this thoughtful display of wooden objects and tree fragments drawn from the collection at the David Livingstone Centre.

You Took The Part That Was Once My Heart was first displayed at the Huntarian Museum, University of Glasgow as part of the 2012 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts.


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Where & when


David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY, Scotland

Date & time

Sat, 4 May 2013 - Fri, 7 Jun 2013
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday 12.30 - 17.00


This is an old event, tickets are no longer for sale


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