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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.

Barnes Collection [Manchester] [in University of Manchester Collection]

BFI Reuben Library

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

Johanna Sebus 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

Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi

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]

Mervyn Heard, Phantasmagoria (2006)

Mervyn Heard, Phantasmagoria (2006)

Title slide of set illustrating song

Title slide of set illustrating song

Slide showing rescue by lifeboatman

Slide showing rescue by lifeboatman

Christiaan Huygens in 1671

Christiaan Huygens in 1671

Handbill for lantern lecture, 1922

Handbill for lantern lecture, 1922