Welcome to The Magic Lantern Society
The Magic Lantern Society 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.
Members’ interests are broad, covering all forms of visual media and optical diversions right up into the 21st century. Our activities include:
- Quarterly meetings in the U.K. with lively performances, informative presentations and a collectors’ market
- An international convention every four years
- Occasional visits to major international exhibitions and archive collections
- A quarterly publication, The Magic Lantern, outlining member activities and recent research
- DVD recordings of our meetings
- Books and other publications on all aspects of lantern history
- An extensive Slide Readings Library of texts that accompanied lantern slides
Members enjoy exclusive discounts on Society books and have full access to the Slide Readings Library and recordings of meetings.
You can Join the Society online.
A date for your diaries
The Magic Lantern Society's Summer meeting takes place on Saturday 23 July 2016 in Bath, England and we would love to see you there.
Details will be sent to all members, and posted in the Membersí Area of the website soon. If you are not a member and would like to attend as a guest, please Contact us for more information.
New Light on Old Media is our monthly e-letter covering all aspects of modern and ancient visual media.
It’s open to anyone interested – you can subscribe or read past issues free of charge.