Livingstone’s Africa Exhibition


 by Claire Foottit 

          images linked by the thread of Livingstone’s African Journeys

Zanzibar Boats

Zanzibar Boats

   Purchased by Strathclyde University for their Livingstone Collection

 On  permanent display in the Livingstone Tower, Strathclyde University, Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 – Free Entry


Livingstone's Africa  Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition - Victoria Falls

Livingstone’s Africa Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition – Victoria Falls

Livingstone's Africa Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition - Leopard Resting

Livingstone’s Africa Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition – Leopard Resting


Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition celebrates Livingstone’s Fellow Explorers

Two women, descendants of Livingstone’s fellow explorers, are celebrating Livingstone’s bicentenary with their exhibition, Livingstone’s Africa, which runs from 13-18 August 2013 at the Gladstone Gallery, Gladstone’s Land (off the Royal Mile).

Specialising in African tourism, Claire Foottit and Mary-Anne Bartlett were drawn together by a shared connection with the missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone.  Travel writer and photographer, Claire Foottit, is the great great great niece of William Cotton Oswell, whose 1849 expedition to Lake Ngami in Bechuanaland (now Botswana) launched Livingstone as an explorer.  Artist and safari-operator, Mary-Anne Bartlett (director of Art Safari), is the great great great granddaughter of Sir John Kirk, doctor and naturalist on the Zambesi Expedition (1858-1864) in Nyasaland (now Malawi), who later became the British Consul in Zanzibar.

“In the bicentenary year of Livingstone’s birth this exhibition of paintings and photography is our personal celebration of our forebears who played an important role in Livingstone’s achievements,” says Claire Foottit.

“We have both been inspired by our family links with Africa, by David Livingstone and by the many people we meet in Africa who continue to forge for development, maintain strong family links and conserve a unique way of life which is often integrated with Africa’s natural wonders of wildlife and landscape,” says Mary-Anne Bartlett.

From Zambia to Zanzibar, Malawi to Mozambique, Botswana and beyond, this exhibition of vibrant photographs and enchanting watercolours of people, wildlife and landscapes encapsulates the essence of Africa today, yet also connects with a world of the past.


More Livingstone-linked Events at the Festival

Livingstone’s Africa exhibition was inspired by Livingstone’s travels and gives a contemporary flavour of the countries through which he travelled.  It complements a number of other events taking place in the festival:

  • Picturing Africa: illustrating Livingstone’s Travels.  This is an excellent exhibition on at the National Library for Scotland, George IV Bridge, very close to the Livingstone’s Africa exhibition in Gladstone’s Land , Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile.  It has wonderful historical illustrations of  Livingstone’s journeys, including a number of paintings by John Kirk.  Well worth a visit.  On until 3 November.
  • I Knew a Man Called Livingstone – also on at the National Library for Scotland,  the theatre company Toto Tales has written new work for Livingstone’s Bi-centenary. The story is seen from an African perspective through the eyes of his faithful companions Susi and Chuma. Storytelling, music, song and dance – Toto Tale’s productions are brilliant – can’t wait to see it.  7-21 August.
  • Ângela Ferreira: Political Cameras. Leaving Livingstone’s Africa Exhibition, head down the Royal Mile past St Giles Cathedral and turn left down Cockburn Street  to the Stills Gallery. This exhibition includes a new commission referencing the legacy of David Livingstone’s life and work, and the relationship between Africa and Europe from colonial days to the present. On until 27 October.
  • Julie Davidson, author of the highly acclaimed book, ‘Looking for Mrs Livingstone’ is on at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Her talk is sold out, but we have some signed  copies of her book at the Livingstone’s Africa exhibition.  The book gives special credit to Oswell’s friendship with the Livingstone’s  and also mentions Kirk.
  • Also on at the book festival, I am told that Toto Tales are among the special guests at Alexander McCall Smith’s party celebrating 15 years of Mma RamotsweLivingstone’s old mission station of  Kolobeng is relatively close to Gaborone,  Botswana’s capital and the base of the No 1 Ladies Detective  Agency.



A small selection of images from the Livingstone’s Africa Exhibition (photographs and paintings) are on display in the Caverna Gallery, Mandala House, Blantyre, Malawi.

The exhibition runs from September 17 to 30 November 2013.



Zanzibar Boats

Zanzibar Boats

It is very apt that during the Bi-centenary year of Livingstone’s birth photographs linked by the thread of his African journeys are on display in the foyer of Livingstone Tower, Richmond Street, at Strathclyde University in central Glasgow.

The exhibition runs from 21 November 2013 t0 28 February 2014 with free entry.


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