Rarely seen nineteenth century slides of Alice in Wonderland plus images on empire, the Great Exhibition and science are freely available to download for educational purposes for the first time.
The beautiful magic lantern slides from around 1900 tell the story of Alice as seen by pre-cinema audiences who would have gathered to enjoy the projections narrated by a storyteller.
These and thousands of other insights into the Victorian period are now accessible online courtesy of a JISC project to digitise a nationally important collection of Victorian culture at the University of Exeter.
Digital Collections Online features artefacts from the university’s Bill Douglas Centre for the history of cinema and popular culture, as well as precious manuscripts and ephemera from the rare book and archive collections.
From the comfort of their own PC or in the classroom, anyone can now search for thousands of images of historic popular culture, from Queen Victoria to Bovril adverts and boy scouts.
[Dr] Jessica [Gardner, acting assistant director of library and research support] added, ”Thanks to the funding from JISC everyone can now enjoy these treasures online wherever they are, on all our campuses and across the world. Creating this online facility to view the Victorian collection plays a significant role in the university’s commitment to sharing its treasures with the public.
Access the University of Exeter Digital Collections Database
Remember, the database contains thousands of images can be searched or browsed. The links to browse are on the right side of the page.