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David Livingstone Birthplace’s Mary Livingstone Resource

Download this free teaching resource from David Livingstone Birthplace's to learn more about Mary Livingstone.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: History

About.

Learn about Mary Livingstone.

David Livingstone’s wife was the daughter of two well-known missionaries, Robert and Mary Moffat and was born and brought up in Southern Africa. After she married David, they settled together in Kolobeng, where she taught local children and did many domestic tasks like washing, scrubbing and milling maize for porridge.

She also joined David on many of his early travels and was the first white woman to cross the Kalahari Desert. She was of vital help to David on some of his expeditions due to her ability to speak Tswana and status as the daughter of Robert Moffat, who was well known and respected by local rulers. Mary was key in helping David navigate these regions and negotiate with community groups, teaching local women and children.

How different do you think Mary’s life was as the wife and daughter of missionaries? How different was it from women back in the UK? And how different would her life have been if she was alive today?

Details.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: History

Topics: Georgians, Victorians, Industrial Revolution, Gender Inequality, British Empire

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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.