African Hut, c 1930

Grass hut at Livingstone Memorial-Colorized

Through April and May I’ve been showing some colourised photos. Taking the high resolution photos from my collection and exclusively showing Blantyre in colour from all those years ago, courtesy of help from Scotland Colourised. I hope you’re as impressed by the results as I’ve been.

All these colour photos will be available in my first ever colour book about Blantyre, a hardback no less, all in spectacular, high resolution, sharp, colour images just in time for Christmas! Many feature also in a new series of Blantyre Project videos coming in June,   and in an exciting new colour website module, bringing ‘Auld Blantyre’ back to life. For now though, a small selection of them will continue to appear here daily throughout May. My blatant promotion of “Old Blantyre in Colour“.

Back to today. This photo is from the 1930’s, taken at the David Livingstone Centre. This location is now overgrown at the African Gardens, though as you can see 90 years ago, it was fairly open. A path leads down to the small African Hut constructed to show tourists how Livingstone lived whilst in Africa. A favourite it seemed with children, though like the thatched rain shelter, I suspect the winter weather and maintenance took its toll. The hut is no longer there.

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