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

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. EUROMAGIC addresses the sustainable preservation of this massive, untapped heritage resource. EUROMAGIC promotes sustainable use and management of lantern slides by: o Creating Knowledge about lantern slides through researching the contexts in which they were used. o Exploring the needs of stakeholders for access and re-use. o Providing innovative examples for creative re-use. o Examining ways for people to enhance their knowledge about lantern slides and so connect to their shared European history of learning. o Develop and implement standard working procedures on a European level for documentation, preservation and digitization. This project caters to the SRA themes “Creating Knowledge” and “Connecting people with heritage.” The interdisciplinary, transnational research team will therefore generate and disseminate knowledge concerning lantern slides as a pan-European aspect of cultural heritage. Across four case studies, the project investigates the use of lantern slides in disseminating knowledge about European countries; in the practices of learned societies and educational institutions; in popular venues (theatres, opera houses, museums and observatories); and will also investigate methods for classifying the repertoire of these shows. Expected outcomes: o Production of standardized vocabulary and working procedures across national and disciplinary research traditions. o Generation of sustainable documentation and access to digital copies of lantern slides and research results via virtual documentation centre. o Creation of protection-through-use projects (Apps, Animations, Re-enactments) to transfer outcomes to individuals and organizations outside the immediate research community (creative industry, journalism, art).

Duration 01/06/2015 - 31/05/2018
Project Topic Sustainable strategies for protecting and managing cultural heritage
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Call JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Magic Lantern Society Observer United Kingdom
Screen Archive South East, Brighton Observer United Kingdom
Museo Nacional de Ciencia Y Technología Observer Spain
Museum Hedendagse Kunst Antwerpen Observer Belgium
Estampa disseny il·lustratio i animació SCP Observer Spain
Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Exeter Observer United Kingdom
EYE Film Institute Netherlands* Observer Netherlands
Universität Trier Observer Germany
Museu del Cinema Girona Observer Spain
Royal Geographic Society Observer United Kingdom
Tristan Mostert Observer Netherlands
British Film Institute / Reuben Library Observer United Kingdom
Museo Nacional del Teatro Observer Spain
Birmingham City Council/ Library of Birmingham Observer United Kingdom
Staccato Films Europe BV Observer Netherlands
Filmoteca Española Observer Spain
Filmoteca de Catalunya Observer Spain
Exeter City Council - Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Observer United Kingdom
University of Salamanca Observer Spain
Rijksmuseum Observer Netherlands
iCAVS – Interdisciplinary Cluster for the Advancement of Visual Studies Observer France
1 Utrecht University Coordinator Netherlands
2 University of Exeter Partner United Kingdom
3 University of Antwerp Partner Belgium
4 Universitat de Girona Partner Spain
5 University of Salamanca Partner Spain