David Livingstone

A diary written by the Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone is to go on public show for the first time.

The journal had been unreadable for over a century due to fading ink.

The pages are known as the Nyangwe Diary, as they detail the massacre of more than 400 Nyangwe villagers in the Congo by slave traders in 1871.

The 200th anniversary of his birth, 19 March, will be celebrated with events around the country.

Livingstone is thought to be the first European to visit the Congo. The diary pages were written on old sheets of newspaper, using make-shift ink Livingstone created from plants and berries, as the explorer had run short of supplies.

Although electronic versions of the diary, made legible by spectral imaging, have been available to read online since 2011 this is the first time the original pages have been on display.

The diary will go on show at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, as part of the commemorations of the bicentenary of his birth.

• Full story at BBC Scotland.