Presenting Livingstone Online!

NINES is thrilled to welcome our newest federated project, Livingstone Online!

Livingstone Online is a digital museum and library that allows users to encounter the written, visual, and material legacies of the famous Victorian explorer, missionary, and abolitionist David Livingstone (1813-73). The site draws on recent scholarship and international collaboration to restore one of the British Empire’s most iconic figures to the many historical and cultural contexts in which he worked, traveled, and is remembered, and to rethink and reevaluate his place in those contexts. Since 2004, Livingstone Online has established itself as a leading academic resource for the study of African history, the British Empire, nineteenth-century intercultural encounters, and digital humanities practice. The site’s digital collection of high-resolution manuscript images and critically-edited transcriptions – 15,000 images and 780 transcriptions – is among the largest on the internet related to any single historical British visitor to Africa.

Over the last few years, several Livingstone Online editions plus the site as a whole have received the Seal from the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions signifying an approved addition. However, we’re also happy to announce that the Livingstone Online site has also successfully passed peer review from NINES and was recently added to the NINES site. This is now the second Livingstone Online initiative to receive this distinction, with the first being a critical edition of Livingstone’s 1871 Field Diary.