Project: A Million Pictures : Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning

Acronym EuroMagic
Duration 01/06/2015 - 31/05/2018
Project Topic : The magic lantern was the most important visual entertainment and means of instruction across nineteenth-century Europe. However, despite its pervasiveness across multiple scientific, educational and popular contexts, magic lantern slides remain under-researched. Although many libraries and museums across Europe hold tens of thousands of lantern slides in their collections, a lack of standards for documentation and preservation limits the impact of existing initiatives, hinders the recognition of the object’s heritage value and potential exploitation. This project addresses the sustainable preservation of this massive, untapped heritage resource.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
An important contribution to Lucerna19, a collaboration between lantern researchers and an online sustainable resource on the magic lantern. More than 30.000 illustrated slides have been entered into this web resource, guaranteeing long-term preservation and access to these digital data. • A general methodology for the description, cataloguing and digitisation of slides, comprising a codebook for the description and cataloguing of slides developed and 19 35 EUROMAGIC - Glass slide - Digital Image © 2013 Lucerna Magic Lantern Web Resource CIC. tested by the Girona an Salamanca teams20, two manuals for preparing digital files to be entered into Lucerna, and an extensive document providing recommendations for the digitisation of slides21. • Several creative re-use and protection through use activities and collaborations, documented on a project DVD, of which an important temporary exhibition in free access in Filmmuseum Girona, attracting more than 10.000 people. • The Linternauta App22, which provided a new way of giving access to magic lantern slide with the aid of an educational tool, to be used, among others, by museums to valorise their collections.
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Call JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Utrecht University Coordinator Netherlands
2 University of Exeter Partner United Kingdom
3 University of Antwerp Partner Belgium
4 University of Girona Partner Spain
5 University of Salamanca Partner Spain