Animated comic sliders for magic lantern
The images used in this video were digitised and animated from the original hand-painted glass slides held in the Rouse Hill House Collection. Since the 1860s they have entertained many generations in the house!
A digital performance of the comic slides was shown at Rouse Hill House & Farm during the Family Fair 2018.
Visitors, especially young children, found the large scale wall projections hilarious, watching them over and over again. Perhaps in much the same way as Rouse family members would have enjoyed the original sperm whale oil lantern projections in the 1860s.
The original magic lantern was last used to project a performance in the Arcade at Rouse Hill House twenty years ago. In 1998, under the direction of the curator Lynn Collins, Dr John Terry, a sixth generation member the Rouse family and a musician and composer, re-enacted an experimental multimedia event featuring the magic lantern and slides that he had first created in the late 1960s.