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Learn more about cotton.

During the early 19th-century cotton goods were extremely sought after. Factories, like the Blantyre Cotton Works, shipped their products all over the world, but the cotton trade was far from fair.

Cotton was grown in huge fields and was hand-picked by enslaved people. It was then brought to factories like the one David Livingstone worked at, to be woven into cloth. Once woven, the cotton would be turned into all sorts of products like clothing, curtains and tablecloths. It would be sold all over the world for lots of money.

Learn more about the connections between the cotton trade and slavery, as well as injustices in today’s cotton industry.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Ages: 7-11, 11-14

Subjects: History

Topics: British Empire, Georgians, Industrial Revolution, Slavery, Victorians

Type: Education Pack

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About David Livingstone Birthplace.

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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.

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