Following the opening of the Dr Livingstone, I presume? exhibition in November 2012, National Museums Scotland and Museums of Malawi worked together to deliver a targeted museums skills development programme and to deliver a new David Livingstone display at Chichiri Museum, Blantyre, Malawi during 2013.

Lovemore Mazibuko, Acting Director of Museums of Malawi, attended the opening of the exhibition at National Museums Scotland to finalise plans for the project.

Opening of the Dr Livingstone, I presume? exhibition

Above: Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director, National Museums Scotland, with Humza Yousaf, Scottish Government Minister for External Affairs and International Development, and Lovemore Mazibuko, Acting Director of Museums of Malawi at the opening of Dr Livingstone, I presume?

The Museums as Agents of Change project includes skills development in taxidermy, exhibition and display development, audience engagement and collections care.

The Malawi Project Coordinator and National Museums Scotland taxidermist will visit Chichiri Museum in February 2013 to work with the Museums of Malawi team on developing new displays and taxidermy skills.

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Above: Staff at Chichiri Museum

In April 2013 four staff from Museums of Malawi will visit National Museums Scotland to work with a number of departments. The team from Museums of Malawi are also very excited to be able to visit David Livingstone’s birthplace in Blantyre, Scotland during this trip.

You can read more out more about our Malawi partnership on the blog.


Museums of Malawi have just set up their own website and we will be supporting the development of this through our project as part of the digital engagement with their audience.

National Museums Scotland is a member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership which was set up in 2004 to bring together under a single umbrella the many organisations and individuals throughout Scotland engaged in fostering and developing links between Scotland and Malawi.

National Museums Scotland is working very closely with the DavidLivingstone200 project which is coordinating the Dr David Livingstone bicentennial celebrations in Scotland. You can find a comprehensive list of events on their website.

Supported by

Scottish Government (1)

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