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Slide Into Perspective - A Magic Lantern Seminar

Thursday 20th July 2017

Times: 10am arrival, 10.30 am start. Lunch 1-2pm. Finish 4pm.

Cost: Free

Refreshments: Tea/coffee will be provided but not lunch. You can either bring your own or there are many local cafes and shops nearby. 

Places available: 15

Venue: Museum Lab, Brighton Museum

Parking: not available



The magic lantern was the most important visual entertainment and means of instruction across nineteenth-century Europe. However, despite its pervasiveness across multiple scientific, educational and popular contexts, magic lantern slides remain under-researched. Although many libraries and museums across Europe hold tens of thousands of lantern slides in their collections, a lack of standards for documentation and preservation limits the impact of existing initiatives, hinders the recognition of the object’s heritage value and potential exploitation. A Million Pictures collaborative research project addresses the sustainable preservation of this massive, untapped heritage resource.

This seminar will introduce the project A Million Pictures and cover: documentation, digitization, storage, image capture, research, performance and creative re-use. It will be led by Dr Richard Crangle, A Million Pictures and Ine Van Dooren, archivist for Screen Archive South East.

 Who is it suitable for? 

Museum staff and volunteers working in collections management, with an emphasis on magic lantern slides and equipment. Some knowledge of your organisation’s slide collection would be beneficial during discussions but not essential.

This session is being run by Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton with spaces made available to South East Museums. 

To book a space visit the Eventbrite page here.