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Lanterns offer film afternoon Victorian style

Published date: 17 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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FLINTSHIRE Records Office gave history buffs an authentic glimpse into the past at a Victorian lantern storytelling afternoon.

The authentic lantern slides – storytelling devices popular in Victorian times – brought stories of Santa’s Christmas Journey, Marley’s Ghost and the Terrible Rat to life.

Presented by a group called Rigby’s New Century Electric Time Machine, those attending also took the opportunity to take part in their own Victorian melodrama.

The two-hour event at the office in Hawarden further included artificial fireworks and was attended by Flintshire Council chairman Cllr Carolyn Thomas.

Lanterns were an early form of slide-projector, which combined projected images, live narration and live music and were all the rage in Victorian times.

The shows were generally held in meeting halls and churches.

They included illustrated lectures on subjects of popular interest like travel, science and art as well as stories, songs, and comedy.

Magic lantern shows became largely redundant with the introduction of motion pictures.

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