"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" | BELvue
Temporary exhibition

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

La rencontre et le dernier voyage avec Stanley

The name of David Livingstone, Scottish doctor and missionary, is inextricably linked with geographical discoveries in Africa during the second half of the nineteenth century. His missionary work first leads him to the borders of the Kalahari. Then, on an exploration of the Zambezi to the East African lakes, his subsequent expeditions turn him into Britain’s national hero who tirelessly denounces slavery.

In 1871, as he is running out of funds, he is joined on the shores of Lake Tanganyika by the American journalist Henry M. Stanley from the New York Herald. After exploring together for several weeks the two men go their separate ways: Livingstone, on his ultimate quest for the source of the Nile from which he is not to return, and Stanley, to the glory that his first African expedition earns him.

The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the regions that Livingstone and Stanley travelled, thanks to the numerous objects and unpublished documents on display, notably Stanley’s travel journal. This is the document that immortalises his meeting with Livingstone and from which the legendary phrase ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’ was taken.

The exhibition demonstrates the great impact David Livingstone made on Stanley by initiating him in techniques crucial for embarking on a scientific expedition in Africa. Their meeting truly influenced Stanley’s career.

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An activity for children (4-7 years old and 8-12 years old) who are visiting the exhibition is available: