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Lantern slides: Teaching Geography through Illustrated Lectures

Cambrdige University Special Collections has six textbooks published between 1910 and 1914. In October 1907 it hired the British artist Alfred Hugh Fisher to journey around the British empire on behalf of the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee (COVIC). He was hired to take photographs and make paintings in order to create a visual record of the people, landscapes and geography of the vast empire. From these images COVIC produced a series of illustrated lantern slide lectures and textbooks which were to be presented as geography lessons to schoolchildren.

The textbooks were accompanied by sets of lantern slides (no less than 350 per book) and the university would like to locate sets of the original slides.

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