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A Million Pictures

In the ‘A Million Pictures’ project Dr Joe Kember and Dr Richard Crangle of the University of Exeter are working with Jenny Durrant, Assistant Curator at RAMM, to explore magic lantern slides and associated materials derived from educational groups and learned societies during the period 1880-1914.

About the A Million Pictures project

Collections of magic lantern slides are held by museums, archives, libraries, universities, learned societies and private collectors across the world. But a lack of standards for documentation, cataloguing and preservation limits their impact and use. This project addresses the sustainable preservation of this massive, untapped heritage resource.

A European resource

The Exeter team is one of four in this collaborative research project. Other teams are based at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Girona (Spain), University of Salamanca (Spain), with twenty Associated Partners. RAMM is proud to be the Associate Partner representing the UK museum sector. Our inclusion in this project demonstrates the importance of the museum’s collection. It also enables RAMM to promote best practice in collections management, development and use, to international audiences.

The research is revealing the history of RAMM’s collection as an institutional archive, formed in RAMM’s early years as the Albert Memorial Institution of technical school, library and art college. It also forms a social record of entertainment and individual interests during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


‘A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning’ is a Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage – Heritage Plus project which is funded by NWO, Belspo, AHRC and MINECO and Co-Funded by the European Commission. The project is funded until June 2018.

Find out more

Members of the Exeter team are promoting the project and RAMM’s collection at forthcoming events. Details are advertised via RAMM’s usual marketing.

Visit the project website to discover project updates and discoveries.

Explore RAMM’s collection and discover magic lantern slides in public and private collections across Europe.

For more information please contact Jenny Durrant, RAMM’s project lead: Jenny.Durrant@exeter.gov.uk

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