A Crowdfunding page has been set up to buy a rare ‘magic lantern’ slide showing David Livingstone preaching the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac in Africa. The fundraiser, which has already brought in £315 of its £1300 target, is the brainchild of the David Livingstone Trust, which wants to add the artefact to its collection of 3000 objects connected to the legendary Scottish explorer and missionary. And the David Livingstone Trust hopes the slide – which is currently in private ownership – will go on display in its new museum, which is currently under construction as part of the much-anticipated Birthplace Project in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. HAMILTON ADVERTISER: All the top news as it happens Natalie Milor, curator at the David Livingstone Trust, said: “The lantern slide will provide much needed visual weight to the new museum’s narrative, where both the controversial and celebrated activities of missionary work will be explored. … [Read more...] about Crowdfunder set up to buy rare ‘magic lantern’ slide for historical Blantyre site
The illuminated lanterns event due to take place at Chester Zoo tonight has been cancelled. The festive attraction will not go ahead due to the huge fire that ripped through the indoor Monsoon Forest habitat this afternoon. Staff at the zoo are still working to check for all animals potentially caught up in the blaze. Critically endangered Sumatran orangutans and other mammals are all accounted for, but staff are checking for other species. Firefighters are still at the scene assessing the damage and supporting zoo staff. The animal lanterns event, due to take place on Saturday evening, has been cancelled. All ticketholders will be notified by email, say zoo bosses. A statement from Chester Zoo said: "We can confirm that the fire services are attending to a fire inside our Monsoon Forest habitat. "Visitors were evacuated immediately and our response team worked alongside the emergency services to help bring the situation under control. "Our expert teams are now assessing the situation. … [Read more...] about Is the lantern event going ahead after the Chester Zoo fire?
Hundreds of people have already visited Wakehurst to enjoy the beauty of its Glow Wild event. The trail, which is open until December 16, features torches of fire and colourful lanterns, many made by local school children and volunteers. Families are invited to become a part of the living trail as they pick up a lantern at the start of the journey, which sets off from the Visitor Centre and ends at the Stables and Carriage ring with the chance to join a lantern-making workshop and enjoy a treat from the food stalls.The largest living Christmas tree towers over the gardens, near Ardingly, helping infuse the whole event with festive spirit.Glow Wild 2018 is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 4.30pm to 8pm until Sunday, December 16.Tickets are £14 for adults and £8 for children aged four to 16, with free entry for children under the age of four.Family tickets are also available, as well as discounts for Friends of Kew and Friends of Wakehurst.For more information on the trail, … [Read more...] about Glow Wild 2018 at Wakehurst: Pictures from the magical lantern trail and how to make sure you do not miss out
The Lanterns are returning to Chester Zoo this We're testing a new site: This content is coming soon in an event that's more sparkly than ever before. The attraction has released the first detailed plans for 2018’s instalment of its annual festive family event, which features animal-inspired illuminations, magical lanterns, twinkly costumed characters and Father Christmas himself - who along with his posse of elves, will this year be interacting with young visitors. Families arriving at the winter spectacular will be welcomed by nine specially created ‘worlds’, including the Garden of Delight, Moonlit Meadow, Cloud Cuckoo Land and a snow-filled Enchanted Woodland. After entering into the garden, featuring giant friendly snails and filled with illuminated flowers reaching up to 10 foot in the air, families will meander through Moonlit Meadow, home to some favourite animal lanterns from years gone by, featuring species such as giraffe, elephant, lion, tiger, rhino … [Read more...] about Life-sized magical animal lanterns are coming back to Chester Zoo
News / UK and world by Press Association September 3, 2018, 12:15 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Victorian families were able to enjoy their own version of Netflix by utilising an early form of “pay-per-view” entertainment to while away winter evenings, new research has found. Nineteenth-century households were able to have access to hundreds of images of far and exotic lands, comic scenes and classic novels, all from the comfort of their homes after magic lanterns and stereoscopes became available to hire. While magic lanterns existed from the early 1600s, they were an expensive item which only the most affluent could hope to own. A study has discovered the then state-of-the-art equipment, and thousands of lantern slides, were available for more average families to use after opticians, photographers and stationers made magic lanterns available for loan. They also loaned out 3D photographic views after another … [Read more...] about How magic lanterns became 19th-century Netflix