Many UK museums and archives possess fragile and bulky glass lantern slides from the 1860s-1930s. How can they be brought in to the digital age while maintaining their distinctive quality as material artifacts?

This project experimented with an exciting and innovative way for lantern slides to be handled, viewed and connected as ‘image-objects’, enhancing audience experiences and showcasing the value of lantern slides within larger collections. The team investigated the design of a viewing, handling and projecting device, or ‘assemblage’ of objects and appliances, that will enable users to engage with extensive but largely unexplored collections of magic lantern slides and better appreciate lantern slides as unique forms of visual culture. 

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