A Million Pictures research workshop

On 11-13 January the A Million Pictures (AMP) project organised its fourth and final Magic Lantern research workshop. A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning, to give the project its full title, is a collaborative research project between researchers from the Universities of Utrecht, Exeter, Antwerp,  Girona and Salamanca. Screen Archive South East (University of Brighton) serves as an Associate Partner. The workshop was hosted by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. Amongst the 54 participants were SASE Director Frank Gray and its moving image archivist, Ine van Dooren. Ine has been involved with this European project from its inception in 2015. 

AMP is a special project which fosters a collaboration between researchers, students, museums, archives, artists and collectors from various European countries. During its three-year existence many more slide collections have been uncovered, this rich heritage has been shared with museum visitors and its history explored in a broad range of studies. If you want to know more read the newsletters @ http://a-million-pictures.wp.hum.uu.nl/category/publications/newsletter/

An important outcome of the project is the addition of thousands of slide images and records to the Lucerna Magic Lantern Web Resource (https://www.slides.uni-trier.de). This free online resource includes a wide variety of details related to the history of the Magic Lantern which started in the mid 17th Century and still is ongoing to this day. You can view over 27.000 slide images. Ine is one of the directors of Lucerna and some 100 slide sets from the SASE collection can be found when searching within Lucerna for the Hecht collection.

The workshop organised a public lantern show at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter entitled Magic and the Muse. This spectacle combined lantern projection, live music and live theatre. Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker skillfully operated a triple-lensed 19th Century lantern and showed a fascinating mixture of old and new slides.

On the last day of the workshop, Ine delivered a creative presentation on the lantern and archival practice, digital developments and the project’s results. She illustrated her points through a variety of appropriate ‘Hats’. It was an entertaining ending to a very interesting workshop on the many aspects of the lantern’s history and its uses by museums.