The Wonderful World of the Victorian Magic Lantern

As seen through hand-painted, mechanical and photographic lantern slides, a number of which have come from the Armitt Museum’s own extensive collection.

About the speaker:
John Townsend is a retired Chartered Surveyor and commercial property Auctioneer. He has been collecting Magic Lanterns, slides and everything related to them for the past fifty years. He is Vice Chairman of the Magic Lantern Society and continues to conduct charity auctions. He started collecting when he was aged 18 after visiting an antiques fair in Grasmere with his father. Having spotted three hand painted slipping slides and pointing them out to his father, unbeknown to him at the time, his Dad bought them for him and they became his next birthday present! And then the collecting started

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