After visiting this site, the feeling is one of disappointment as the promotional material is excessively worded.
Sadly (as an NTS member), can only second earlier reviews about the tired feel of the exhibition and the whole site overall.
The exhibition of artefacts and dioramas needs a complete repurposing to bring into the 21st century and make it a genuinely fascinating and inspiring experience. At the moment, a long dark gallery with poetic and crafty but still 'tableaux' on one side, and the accumulation of busy showcases and panels on the other side make for a perfect example of what the place should not look like anymore.
The good thing is that there is SO much potential with the themes associated with Livingstone, and the artefacts already on display ! although the colonial missionary environment of the story might make it a hard sale to 21-century post-modern visitors.
During the visit, vibrant memories of the Natural History Museum's Darwin exhibition resurfaced as this was very inspiring, and both characters were contemporaries and are involved in contentious issues.
Although Scotland and the world are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Livngstone's birth, the site itself offers to keen visitors a poor sight and could do with some well-deserved Heritage Lottery Fund awarded after this celebration. Can only look forward to the future!
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