Dr Livingstone, I presume?

rencontre.jpg(6 June - 11 November 2013 at BELvue museum, Brussels)


In 2013, we celebrate the bicentenary of  Dr Livingstone’s birth. The Scottish doctor and missionary is remembered for his travels through Africa, in the Kalahari Desert, or for his discovery of the waterfalls on the Zambezi River (Victoria falls). But we sometimes forget his last trip on Lake Tanganyika and its influence on Henry Morton Stanley, the American journalist of the New York Herald who launched his search for the doctor in 1871-1872.

This is also the theme of the summer exhibition "Dr Livingstone, I presume?", which takes place in the Belvue Museum in Brussels.

The exhibition focuses on the travel diaries of Stanley, which are part of the Stanley Archives. The King Baudouin Foundation acquired these archives in 2001 and they are now held in trust and well preserved in the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

Thanks to the numerous invaluable items and documents that were lent by both the RMCA and private collectors, the exhibition takes the visitors to the regions that Livingstone and Stanley travelled. Starting with the quest of Stanley for Livingstone, their meeting on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, their trip on the lake to the return of the journalist to Europe and the death of the doctor, the exhibition chronicals the adventurous journey of the two men and their lasting impact on the exploration of Africa.

The curator of the exhibition is Dr Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi, scientific collaborator of the RMCA who shows a keen interest about H M Stanley and explorers of the Victorian era.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Royal Museum for Central Africa, the King Baudouin Foundation and the BELvue Museum and runs from 6 June to 11 November 2013.

Practical info

- Temporary exhibition from June 6 to November 11, 2013
- In the BELvue Museum, Place des Palais 7, 1000 Brussels: directions
- Free access

More info on the exhibition Dr Livingstone, I presume?

- on King Baudouin Foundation website : in English / in French 
- on website BELvue museum : in Dutch / in French
- virtual exhibition by King Baudouin Foundation in the museum: http://www.livingstone.patrimoine-frb.be/


More info on David Livingstone

- block of wood of the tree under which Livingstone's heart was buried (treasure of the month August 2013)
- website 'Celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone' : http://www.davidlivingstone200.org/index.php

More info on H.M. Stanley

-  Visit the online exhibition of  Henry M. Stanley-archives 
Inventory of the Stanley Archives (database)

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