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The Lucerna database currently contains records for:

  • 9,644 slide sets comprising over 274,400 slides...

  • ... of which 133,301 individual slides have been listed – including 32,150 with images

  • 5,173 people connected with the magic lantern

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  • 174 items of lantern hardware and other artefacts

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  • 10,205 texts connected with the magic lantern

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DISCLAIMER: A small proportion of records in the Lucerna database contain words or images that may be racially or otherwise offensive. They are included here as historical reproductions from a different period with different standards, and do not indicate any support or approval of such attitudes by Lucerna or any associated institutions.

Slide showing Exeter Cathedral
Slide showing Exeter Cathedral

Nannie Preston, slide artist
Nannie Preston, slide artist