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The Lucerna database currently contains records for:

  • 8,662 slide sets comprising over 252,600 slides...

  • ... of which 117,166 individual slides have been listed – including 23,393 with images

  • 4,981 people connected with the magic lantern

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  • 6,391 lantern-related events (shows, exhibitions, historical events etc.)

  • 9,157 locations (cities and towns, villages, individual addresses)

  • 141 items of lantern hardware and other artefacts

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  • 10,006 texts connected with the magic lantern

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Encyclopaedia of the magic lantern (2001)
Encyclopaedia of the magic lantern (2001)

Slide showing Matthew Arnold (1822-88)
Slide showing Matthew Arnold (1822-88)