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The Magic Lantern Society (based in UK) originated from an informal meeting held at Corsham Court, Wiltshire, in 1976, and was formally brought into being in January 1977 with about 25 members.
The Society now has a world-wide membership of collectors, enthusiasts, students of film, visual media and popular culture, magicians, artists, performers, scientists and archival organisations from over 30 different countries.

In 1983 the Society held its first International Convention, attended by over 100 members. The Conventions have been a regular feature of the Society’ s activities since then, taking place every four years and steadily growing in scope and ambition.
The 10th International Convention of the Magic Lantern Society will be held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April 2017. There is a full and exciting programme in preparation which will, as always, also give members plenty of opportunity to meet new members and greet old friends.

The Society publishes an occasional Journal, (New Magic Lantern Journal), and a regular quarterly Newsletter. The Society’ s Journal was launched in 1978, the first issue doubling as the catalogue of the Society’ s first exhibition, which was held at the Architectural Association in London. The 1980s also saw the publication of the Society’ s first books, its first organised visits outside Britain, and the establishment of most of its range of services offered to its members – all of which continue to form an integral and regular part of the Society’ s activities.

Society meetings are held four times a year, mainly in London, and provide a friendly and informal chance for those interested in the lantern and other optical media to exchange ideas, buy and sell, or simply enjoy the show! All meetings include lectures and live magic lantern shows with original Victorian slides and equipment.

For details of how to join the Society, write to:

Mike Smith,
Honorary Secretary,
The Magic Lantern Society,
South Park, Galphay Road,
Kirkby Malzeard,
Ripon,
North Yorkshire HG4 3RX

e-mail:
lmh.smith@magiclanternsocy.demon.co.uk

Source:
Website van de Magic Lantern Society.

Some publications of the MAGIC LANTERN SOCIETY

DATES AND SOURCES
Moving and projected images – a chronology of pre-cinema history (a contribution to the history of the art of projection and to cinematography) door: LIESEGANG, F.P
(vertaling: Hermann Hecht)
London 1986 - 80 pages

THE LANTERN IMAGE
Iconography of the magic lantern 1420 – 1880 compiled and with an introduction by David Robinson
London 1993 - 80 pages

THE LANTERN IMAGE
SUPPLEMENT no. 1 van de Iconography (David Robinson)
London 1997 - 24 pages

MAGIC IMAGES
The art of hand painted and photographic lantern slides
Edited and designed by Dennis Crompton, David Henry + Stephen Herbert
London 1990 - 96 pages

THE OPTICAL MAGIC LANTERN JOURNAL AND PHOTOGRAPHIC ENLARGER 1896 (reprint 1987) - 28 pages

THE PRACTICAL LANTERNIST - THE ART OF PROJECTION
Photocopy of a reprint for members of the MLS by Janet Tamblin. Not dated.

SCIENCE AT HOME
A series of experiments in Chemistry, Optics, Electricity, Magnetism etc. adapted for the magic lantern by WALTER B. WOODBURY
London 1988 - reprint MLS

THE SCIOPTICON MANUAL
Containing full directions for using this new drawing room lantern; also a variety of Optical and Chemical Experiments that can be performed with the same (third edition 57 pages)

SERVANTS OF THE LIGHT - THE BOOK OF THE LANTERN
Ed. by Dennis Crompton, Richard Franklin, Stephen Herbert
London 1997 - 96 pages

THE TEN YEAR BOOK - a collection of 20 lantern and optical toys essays
Ed. by Mike Smith, David Henry, Dennis Crompton
London 1986 - 80 pages


 
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