Slide Readings Library

No magic lantern show consisted of slides alone: there were always elements like music, audience participation or the spoken word. Especially in the later nineteenth century, many slide producers published ‘readings’ giving a recitation, story or lecture to accompany the slide images.

The Society’s Readings Library project, launched in 1995, collects copies of surviving readings and sheet music. The Library currently comprises 2,925 items.


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Access to the Library
Society members can access online copies of items in the Library free of charge, using their members’ username and password – search or browse for the reading you want and follow the links.
For any other information about ordering copies please Contact us.

Adding to the Library
If you have any readings or songs not already in the Library and can let us have a copy, we would be glad to hear from you – but please Contact us before copying or sending anything.


Disclaimer: Some items in the Readings Library include terms which are now considered racially offensive. The Magic Lantern Society and its members
do not endorse such attitudes, and the inclusion of this material is simply a verbatim reproduction of text from a different historical period.