To the left of the Africa Pavillion Gift shop, at David Livingstone Centre, is a large, open and flat grassy field. I took this picture in early November to put the area into context.
This was the location of Blantyre’s outdoor arena. A circular auditorium once existed at this location, open to the elements, and shaped in a horseshoe on raised earthworks to give the best possible view of the arena.
The open air theatre was created for the launch of David Livingstone
This 1936 map shows the concert venue to good effect with a raised stage near where the current treeline is. Of course there were no gift shop or cafe in that location back then. I’m unsure when it was removed but have the pleasure of recently seeing this rare photo, which is shared here:
Source: Original opening guide for David Livingstone Centre 1929