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Much of the material listed in Lucerna is held in private collections whose owners prefer not to advertise their holdings. However the public collections listed below can be browsed.

In most cases only a fraction of the collection’s holdings are listed – for most institutions, their lantern-related items form only a small portion of a much larger general collection.

If you are interested in a particular item shown as ‘private collection’, please use the ‘Contact us’ link on the item’s description page to ask us for more details on its availability.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

G.H. Carpenter Collection [in Manchester Museum Collection]

Chetham's Library, Manchester

S.L. Coulthurst Collection [in Chetham's Library, Manchester]

Coward Collection [in Manchester Museum Collection]

Charles Eastwood Collection [in Manchester Geographical Society Collection]

Edinburgh Museum of Childhood

EYE Film Institute Netherlands

Hecht Collection, Screen Archive South East (University of Brighton)

The Hive, Worcester

Ilfracombe Museum collection

Kent Museum of the Moving Image

Kirklees Museums and Galleries

Manchester Geographical Society Collection [in Manchester Museum Collection]

Manchester Museum Collection

March and District Museum Collection

A.M. Marshall Collection [in Manchester Museum Collection]

Dodie Masterman Collection

Magic Lantern Society Slide Readings Library

Museu del Cinema – Col·lecció Tomàs Mallol

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum Sloten

Museum voor Hedendagse Kunst Antwerpen

Owens College Collection [in Manchester Museum Collection]

J.J. Phelps Collection [in Chetham's Library, Manchester]

J.W. Price Collection [in Manchester Geographical Society Collection]

Royal Albert Memorial Museum Collection

Royal Geographical Society Collection

Edwin Royce Collection, Manchester Museum [in Manchester Geographical Society Collection]

Salford Education Committee Collection [in Manchester Museum Collection]

Sonnenborgh - museum & sterrenwacht [in University Museum Utrecht]

Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.

University Museum Utrecht

Robert Vrielynck Collection [in Museum voor Hedendagse Kunst Antwerpen]

Whinfield Collection [on loan to The Hive, Worcester]

Hughes 'Bi-cylindrical' lantern, 1875

Hughes 'Bi-cylindrical' lantern, 1875

Combination Scientist' lantern

'Combination Scientist' lantern

Slide showing railway train in station

Slide showing railway train in station

Slide illustrating comic story

Slide illustrating comic story

Alexander Gunn in 1900

Alexander Gunn in 1900