An evening to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone
28th March 2013, Royal Geographical Society, London – join Colonel John Blashford-Snell as he hosts an illustrated lecture to celebrate the 200th anniversary of one of the most popular national heroes of the late 19th century, Dr David Livingstone.
Born on the 19th March 1813, this explorer, writer, missionary, medic and anti-slavery campaigner rose from humble beginnings in a Lanarkshire tenement to become celebrated as “Africa’s first freedom fighter.” His work gave him almost mythical status as a wonderful example of a rags to riches success story and even today his influence is seen and felt across swathes of Africa.
The seasoned explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell will be celebrating the life of this extraordinary man through an in-depth illustrated lecture during which time he will endeavour to reveal who the real Livingstone was, his achievements, his failures and his legacy today. He will be recounting some of the rich stories from the doctor’s adventures in Africa, from his many encounters with lions and his discovery of Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) which he renamed Victoria Falls, to the fascinating account of how his body was returned from East Africa to London. An expert in the life of Livingstone’s contemporary, Henry Morton Stanley, the Colonel will also retell the famous moment when the two gentlemen reputedly met and the famous words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” were uttered.
Having studied the life of Livingstone for many years, John Blashford-Snell recently had the opportunity to revisit Zambia with boutique hotel and eco lodge group Mantis where he fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the place where Livingstone died. This visit has inspired a project to conserve the Livingstone monument for future generations and as such it will be the benefactor of funds raised on the evening.
It is wonderfully appropriate that this lecture should be held within the home of British Exploration – The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) as it was the RGS which supported Livingstone on his many expeditions and it is they who, to this day, still proudly have a section of the tree underneath which his heart was buried and his hat in their archive collection. During the event these artefacts including Stanley’s compass, which is owned by Colonel Blashford-Snell, will be on display.
Following the lecture there will be a short auction including some rather inspiring auction lots to raise funds for Colonel Blashford-Snell’s charity, the Scientific Exploration Society. The Society will be helping to preserve the memory of Livingstone by raising money to refurbish the memorial where Livingstone died.
The evening is being hosted by The Mantis Collection who are passionate about preserving and celebrating Africa’s history and who proudly represent two properties based at Victoria Falls and upstream on the Chobe River www.stanleyandlivingstone.com www.zambeziqueen.com . Supporting the event are London based tour operators Original Travel who create tailor-made luxury holidays around the globe. Original Travel will be offering their expert advice on travelling in the steps of Livingstone in and around Zambia and they will be sharing suggested itineraries of how you could run your trip. Mantis and Original Travel will be offering a 10 night ‘Luxury Zambian holiday – In the Footsteps of Livingstone’ as part of the auction to raise funds for the SES.
Tickets cost £20 pp and include a complimentary drinks & canapé reception before the lecture. To purchase tickets contact Lucy@ses-explore.org or call Lucy at the SES on 01747 853353. Send SAE and cheque made payable to Scientific Exploration Society, Livingstone Event, Expedition Base, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9PB.