The African Hut, 1930

Amongst some of the first visitors to the newly opened National Memorial to David Livingstone in 1929, were several important visitors from Africa.

Amongst them, Chief Tshekdi Khama of Serewe, Bechunaland Protectorate (second from the left) took time to come to Blantyre and see the memorial first hand, making sure he also visited the new African Hut model constructed in the grounds near the museum. The hut represented the typical kind of African hut where Livingstone died and was by all accounts a popular early attraction at the centre.

However, the Scottish climate and constant maintenance of the hut eventually took its toll and as such, the hut no longer forms part of the exhibits or attractions.

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