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David Livingstone Birthplace’s A Day In David’s Life Resource

Download this free teaching resource from David Livingstone Birthplace to learn more about time and the history of child labour.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: History, Maths


How much time do you have to yourself?

David’s childhood was very different from yours or mine. He worked as a piecer in the Blantyre Cotton Works, which meant long hours and dangerous work. This is because his parents were poor and needed him to earn money. In those days, there were fewer laws to protect the rights of children and it was legal to send children to work full time. David used to work a full day at the factory and then go to school in the evenings because his education was very important to him.

  • How much time do you have to yourself at the end of a day at school?
  • What do you with that time?
  • How much time do you think David had, once he was finished with work and school?

Download the activity sheet to find out more.


Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: History, Maths

Topics: Georgians, Time, Industrial Revolution

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About David Livingstone Birthplace.

The David Livingstone Trust (DLT) includes the Listed Building of his birth, surrounding parkland, and the 2,000 piece David Livingstone collection.

David Livingstone’s Birthplace is a dynamic visitor experience where people can learn about and be inspired by Livingstone’s story, his childhood home and their collection.

Today they continue Livingstone’s mission by enabling people from Scotland, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to engage in intercultural dialogue and participate in the world as active global citizens.