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.
Friday night out
Join us for Magic and the Muse, an extraordinary night of contemporary music combining live instruments, sampling and soaring vocals with the wonder of the magic lantern. This public event forms part of the programme of our 10th International Convention, 28-30 April 2017.
Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, U.K.
Friday 28 April 2017 at 8.00pm
Book now or buy your tickets in person from the theatre's box office.
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.