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Professor Heard’s Peerless Magic Lantern Show

Professor Heard’s Peerless Magic Lantern Show

Part of the People’s History Museum’s Waterdrinkers’ Weekend and Manchester Weekender 2012.

13 October 2012

Magic Lantern Show, UK Union Report, 1926

Time 18:30 - 20:30

Duration 2 hours

Cost £10 full price, £5 concession






An evening of pictorial sights, frights, amusements and warnings about the terrible consequences of indulging in strong drink.

The Temperance Movement, in which people took the pledge not to drink alcohol, effectively began in the North West and played an important part in the lives of many in the region. Despite this, it is a little remembered aspect of our history.

One of the fascinating ways this movement promoted its cause was through the use of hugely popular Magic Lantern shows. These shows used an early form of image projector which employed all sorts of visual tricks to project black and white, colour, static and moving images long before the invention of film. This show is a rare opportunity to see Britain’s foremost Magic Lanternist Mervyn Heard perform his art, bringing genuine Victorian and Edwardian magic lantern slides to life.

The Guardian has said of Professor Heard’s shows “..19th century history has never been so fresh, so entertaining or quite so surprising…”

This event is part of the People’s History Museum’s Waterdrinkers’ Weekend, a series of events and activities to accompany our current changing exhibition Demon Drink? Temperance and the Working Class and inspired by the history of the temperance movement.

Family Friendly, suitable for over 10s to adults.

Booking Requirements: Booking required, please contact 0161 838 9190 or info@phm.org.uk