LEAPing In: Our Top Ten (Part 2 of 2)

This blog post continues our previous one and sets out the remaining five activities of LEAP Top Ten:

A page of text from Livingstone's final field diaries, 1866-1873 (Copyright David Livingstone Centre).
A page of text from Livingstone’s final field diaries, 1866-1873. David Livingstone Centre.
  • Transcription. We’re currently transcribing all of Livingstone’s final diaries (1866-1873), which have never before been published in their original form. Publication of the diaries will open new windows onto this period of Livingstone’s life and the many aspects of nineteenth-century African life that he recorded. We have our core LEAP team of transcribers, plus there’s a separate team of transcribers working on a critical edition of Livingstone’s Missionary Travels manuscript (1857) — for a grand total of 10 noble transcribers whose efforts we’re coordinating and supporting.
Cover of one of Livingstone's final field diaries, 1866-1873 (Copyright David Livingstone Centre).
Cover of one of Livingstone’s final field diaries, 1866-1873. David Livingstone Centre.
  • Scholarship. In addition to publishing digital images and transcriptions of Livingstone’s primary works, we’re working to review, revise, and expand the critical materials available through our site. Together these materials will educate site visitors about Livingstone and the many international contexts in which he lived and wrote.
  • Documentation. Livingstone Online is a public project. We’re supported by public funding. Our work is produced for the public. We invite the public to look behind the scenes of our work, via text, images, and access to original documents produced in the course of our work. Ongoing documentation is crucial to fulfilling all these aspects of our project’s public mission.
Page of illustrations of African tattoos from Livingstone's final field diaries, 1866-1873 (Copyright David Livingstone Centre).
Page of illustrations of African tattoos from Livingstone’s final field diaries, 1866-1873. David Livingstone Centre.
  • Outreach. We’re currently working on a set of worksheets to be used by teachers and students to learn about imperial exploration, the industrial revolution, African culture, and global citizenship – all through Livingstone’s words. These are currently being piloted in Scotland and will be available for free download on Livingstone Online.

    Segment of a LEAP outreach workbook (Images copyright David Livingstone Centre and National Library Scotland).
    Segment of a LEAP outreach workbook. Images from David Livingstone Centre and National Library Scotland..
  • Dissemination. We’re pursuing an active strategy of disseminating our results through conference presentations, lectures, this blog, and even our Twitter account (https://twitter.com/livingstone13d). We want to make sure that we draw attention to our site and that our visitors return and regularly use the site, but by disseminating our results we’re also working to recognize the contributions of all the individuals and institutions that are putting in both time and effort to support our project.

It’s an exciting time to learn more about David Livingstone’s manuscripts! We’ll be telling you more about each of these aspects of LEAP soon. Stay tuned!

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