Livingstone Hall

Built in the mid-1930s, Livingstone Hall was designed to complement Stewart Hall next door. It was named after David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, doctor and missionary. Two engraved stones set in Livingstone Hall’s main entrance commemorate its dedication in 1936 and opening in 1937. The dedication reads “To the study of science”, a promise which Livingstone Hall has honoured. Today, it houses the departments of mathematics, geology, physics and other scientific disciplines. Livingstone Hall has witnessed the tides of history at Fort Hare – and some of these moments are recorded in additional engraved stones at the entrance to the Hall.

This picture shows students hard at work in the science laboratory of Fort Hare’s Livingstone Hall in 1957. Fort Hare provided a year of pre-medical training to students who would be going to study medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. It also provided training for “medical aids”, who worked in the segregated government healthcare system at the time. This is one of a set of 93 photographs created for publication in Alan Paton’s 1964 non-fiction work The Land and People of South Africa. © Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives / University of KwaZulu-Natal