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Proposed Rhodes-Livingstone Memorial

    Naturevolume 140pages5758 (1937) | Download Citation



    To mark the jubilee of the foundation of the two Rhodesias by Cecil Rhodes in 1890 and the centenary of the setting out of David Livingstone for Africa in 1840, it is proposed to found a Rhodes-Livingstone Institute for Central African Studies in Northern Rhodesia. The main purpose of the Institute will be the study of the effect on native African society of the impact of European civilization and the urgent problem of establishing permanent and satisfactory relations between native and non-native. The proposal has the support of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Right Hon. W. G. A. Ormsby-Gore, Lord Lugard, Lord Hailey, Dr. Henry Balfour, Sir William Bragg and others. It is proposed to purchase at a cost of £15,000 the premises now housing the Museum at Livingstone, the old capital of Northern Rhodesia, with the adjoining old Government House. The Museum contains objects of historical interest relating to David Livingstone and the nucleus of an important ethnographical collection. It was formed by the Government of Northern Rhodesia with assistance from the Beit Railway Trust, the Royal Geographical Society, the Scottish National Memorial at Blantyre and a number of individual benefactors. The premises will be vested in a trust, which will be responsible for administration and financial control. As a preliminary to the foundation of the Institute and the incorporation in it of the existing Museum, the Government of Northern Rhodesia has appointed an expert in applied anthropology, to whom an assistant will be added later if funds permit. Although the Rhodesian Government will bear its full share of the cost, an appeal is made for contributions towards the capital cost of the Institute and the endowment of the Trust to enable admirers of Livingstone and Rhodes to give material expression of their interest in them and the future of the country with which they were connected. Contributions may be directed to any branch of Barclay's Bank or the Standard Bank of South Africa.

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