This lantern has been converted to mains electricity for use in talks and education programs run by the Museum.

While the invention of the magic lantern is generally seen to be in the 17th century, its greatest popularity as an optical projector spans the late 18th Century to the early decades of the 20th Century. It was used both as a means of entertainment and education.

This lantern projector is part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera, acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.

Physical Description

Black japanned metal body with brass lens barrel. The removable cowl is likewise of japanned metal. There are doors to the illumination chamber on both the left and right sides of the body, both featuring a blue glass circular viewing window with a hinged circular brass covering. The lantern illumination system has been converted to mains electricity.

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