Magic lantern slides
The magic lantern slide collection
RAMM’s collection of glass lantern slides contains around 4,500 items and provides a fascinating insight into Edwardian life. Produced before the days of cinema these decorative and colourful slides were presented at public lectures for the education, entertainment and moral enlightenment of the audience.
Many of RAMM’s slides were bought and used by the Albert Memorial Institute for education of local residents and contain hand-drawn images of plants and biology. Other slides reflect the hobbies and interests of local people, and their travels around the world during the First World War and early 20th century. Other slides are colourful children stories, biblical tales, and advertisments for food and drink.
Highlights of the collection
- Hand-drawn images of plants and microscopic organisms
- Alfred Rowden’s First World War tour of duty in Mesopotamia
- Weaver Baker’s photographic record of Exeter Cathedral in the early 20th century
A Million Pictures project
RAMM is pleased to be part of the ‘A Million Pictures‘ project. Working with colleagues from the University of Exeter this project has catalogued, digitised and researched RAMM’s collection.
Research and explore
Are you interested in using this collection for research or inspiration? We welcome opportunities for research by students, local history or community groups, and interested individuals. Please contact us if you have an enquiry about this collection, or to make an appointment to visit the collection in store.