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Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs kicks off at Hampden

A photographic exhibition – Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs – celebrating Scots Missionary hero David Livingstone’s connections with Africa and football opens at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden on Tuesday, November 25.

It is said that David Livingstone took football to Africa. He is particularly remembered for advocating the Three Cs – Christianity, Commerce and Civilisation. This was the inspiration behind the project conceived for Camera Voices to mark Livingstone’s bi-centenary.

Organisations in Scotland, Malawi and Mozambique which use football as a vehicle for social change put forward teams for the project.

Portraits by Claire Foottit and a selection of photographs taken by the teams on disposable cameras give a modern interpretation of Livingstone’s Three Cs, sharing cultural perspectives and enhancing international partnerships.

Richard McBrearty, Curator of the Scottish Football Museum, commented: “The exhibition shows the passion for football in Scotland and Africa and how football can be a very positive force for social change.

The photographs taken by the teams give a fascinating insight into daily life in Malawi, Mozambique and Scotland through the eyes of the people living there.”

Football and The Three Cs is an ongoing social documentary photography project. The exhibition at the Scottish Football Museum is supported by a Celebrate Award from the Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and sportscotland.

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Celebrate was a very popular National Lottery funding programme enabling communities across Scotland to mark the Commonwealth Games in their own special way. I am delighted that Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs photography exhibition will be exhibited at the Scottish Football Museum thanks to a Celebrate grant of £10,000.  Not only will this inspiring exhibition explore the connections between local communities and the wider Commonwealth, but it will also leave a lasting Commonwealth Games legacy for future generations.”

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