When you think back of being a child and visiting David Livingstone Centre, perhaps a fond memory for you, like me, was being in the dark room, pressing the buttons as each scene of Livingstone life lit up the darkness. It was a wonder, felt special and different and was somewhat spooky if i recall, as you entered the room.
It’s not surprising that there’s no contemporary photos of the gallery as it’s always in darkness. However, to give you a glimpse of what it looks like lit up, heres a photo taken in February 1958 ,shared here by Derek Wilson.
Each scene (carved by Pilkington Jackson) was commissioned and depicts the life of Livingstone at various times. The scenes were commissioned using funds raised, which were still incoming for this purpose, right up until the opening in October 1929.
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