Special Event

A Christmas Magic Lantern Show

The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library, Ambleside
6 December 2023
5:30pm - 7pm

A Christmas Magic Lantern Show

Join in the festivities and come watch a Christmas Magic Lantern show at the Armitt Museum. A wealth of winter wonders shown through the wonderful world of the Victorian magic lanterns hand-painted, mechanical and photographic lantern slides.

About the speaker

John Townsend is a retired Chartered Surveyor and commercial property Auctioneer. He has been collecting Magic Lanterns, slides and everything related to them for the past fifty years. He is Vice Chairman of the Magic Lantern Society and continues to conduct charity auctions. He started collecting when he was aged 18 after visiting an antiques fair in Grasmere with his father. Having spotted three hand painted slipping slides and pointing them out to his father, unbeknown to him at the time, his Dad bought them for him and they became his next birthday present! And then the collecting started!

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The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library

Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BL
01539 431212

Opening times

April-October 2023: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm (last admission 4:30pm).

November-December 2023: Wednesday-Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm (last admission 4pm).


Also open on the first Tuesday of every month.

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The Armitt has taken every reasonable step to ensure you can have a safe and enjoyable visit to the museum.

Whilst it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask, we are happy for people to continue to do so and to maintain social distancing with anyone not within your group. If you have tested positive for COVID, please do not attend The Armitt and contact us if you would like to rearrange your visit.

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