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The Lucerna database currently contains records for:

  • 9,579 slide sets comprising over 272,600 slides...

  • ... of which 130,018 individual slides have been listed – including 30,709 with images

  • 5,126 people connected with the magic lantern

  • 1,678 organisations (companies, institutions and other groups) connected with the magic lantern

  • 6,531 lantern-related events (shows, exhibitions, historical events etc.)

  • 9,710 locations (cities and towns, villages, individual addresses)

  • 174 items of lantern hardware and other artefacts

  • private and public collections of magic lantern material

  • 10,186 texts connected with the magic lantern

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DISCLAIMER: A small proportion of records in the Lucerna database contain words or images that may be racially or otherwise offensive. They are included here as historical reproductions from a different period with different standards, and do not indicate any support or approval of such attitudes by Lucerna or any associated institutions.

Slide showing King Edward VII
Slide showing King Edward VII

Alexander Gunn in 1900
Alexander Gunn in 1900