Exhibition marks Livingstone bicentenary
13 August 2013
'The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives' at SOAS, University of London marks the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone with an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, 22 October 2013 – 22 March 2014.
The exhibition will bring together, for the first time, rarely seen letters, photographs, maps and artefacts, including a set of surgical instruments thought to have belonged to this iconic figure.
Photographic portrait of David Livingstone, [c.1856]
Taking as its focus Livingstone’s early years as a missionary (1840-1856), this exhibition explores the life and afterlife of this multi-faceted and controversial man. As well as looking at his career against the wider historical context, the exhibition examines in detail some of the important personal relationships that developed between Livingstone and key African figures of the period, and more broadly at the African response to 19th century evangelical mission.
Agnes and Thomas Livingstone, daughter and son of David Livingstone, Abdullah Susi, James Chuma and Rev Horace Waller at Newstead Abbey, Nottingham, with the journals, maps and plans made by the late David Livingstone, 1874.
Can one man be responsible for so much? Does he deserve his reputation as an evangelist of empire?
SOAS will stage the exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery as part of the ‘Livingstone 200’ events taking place in the UK, Zambia and Malawi.