Expeditions is the official blog for Livingstone Online, a long-running, international project to bring the original words of explorer David Livingstone to a modern audience.

In the nineteenth century, no visitor to Africa traveled farther, saw more, and met more groups of people than David Livingstone. Everywhere he went, Livingstone wrote about his fascinating experiences — in letters, diaries, and, when all else failed, on scraps of paper with ink he made out of local African plants.

David Livingstone’s pen and inkwell. (c) David Livingstone Centre / Livingstone Online.

Our goal is not only to provide digital access to Livingstone’s original manuscript pages, but to develop a site that will encourage current audiences to interact with and indeed read Livingstone’s original words.

At the same time, we hope to continue our work with state-of-the-art spectral imaging technology to push the boundaries of what we know about Livingstone and the many historical and cultural contexts in which he wrote and traveled.

Spectral Imaging of Livingstone Manuscript. Photo courtesy of Livingstone Online.
Spectral imaging of Livingstone manuscript. (c) Livingstone Online.

This blog will offer a behind-the-scenes look at our work over the next three years as we embark on two separate projects, both funded by the the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA): the Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP) and a new phase of the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project.

We hope you’ll join us on these expeditions!

The primary blog contributors:
Adrian S. Wisnicki, Co-Director of Livingstone Online and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
Megan Ward, Associate Director of Livingstone Online and Assistant Professor of English at Oregon State University;
Ashanka Kumari, Invited Research Assistant for Livingstone Online and graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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