Saint Mark's Dundela, Belfast

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Archive of the Month - December 2014 For December, we continue our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War by presenting the complete collection of lantern slides relating to “The Great European War” and related items from the earlier Boer War which originated (before their transfer to the RCB Library) in St Patrick’s Cathedral Deanery in Dublin, and were used to inform contemporary audiences about these conflicts. A selection of these slides formed part of the cathedral’s “Lives Remembered” exhibition (see this link www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/Lives-Remembered.aspx ) which explores the Cathedral’s connections to that War and the cathedral’s solemn tradition of remembering lives lost or affected by war and conflict ever since through its annual Remembrance Services. This is first time however that all 54 slides have been featured online together for a worldwide audience. The “Great European War” and related Boer War slides collectively form part of a bigger collection of lantern slides that were transferred from the Deanery (where successive deans of the cathedral have lived) into the library during the past 18 months.
As regular followers of Archive of the Month will know, this is not the first collection of lantern slides to come to light recently in a Church of Ireland deanery. Like the Killaloe collection, the St Patrick’s collection reveals the important role that the church and church personnel played in disseminating visual materials in times past when photography was a relatively privileged and rare occupation. As a relatively easy apparatus to use, the magic lantern proved a particularly important medium used by religious bodies and individuals.
In an article, entitled “The magic lantern, education and prostelizing (2011)”, Dr Kevin Rockett of TCD’s Film Studies Department has demonstrated how lantern presentations enabled clergy, educators and clergy to spread their message for a variety of charitable and educational pu


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Church, Religious Organisations, Anglican Church, Religious Center, Diocese, Down, Mark, Dromore
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