Research on matters and materiality shows willingness to investigate and explore their intersection with religion as well as with race and gender. This willingness has helped facilitated new and interesting kinds of interdisciplinarity. My research on British Protestant missionaries in nineteenth and twentieth century Africa and the Middle East necessitates engagement with matters of race and gender. That research has also focused on material representation (through statuary and other means) of individuals defined, at least partly, in religious terms. The life, death and posthumous ‘afterlife’ of missionary and explorer David Livingstone (1813-73), memorialised in Africa as well as in the UK, together illustrate the complex, contested nature of such representation.