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The Magic Lantern

The mahogany and brass Magic Lantern was made by Lancaster and Sons in 1878 and became the subject of Charles Goodwin Norton of Shere.

Norton is the author of “The Lantern And How To Use It” and went on to became a pioneer of cinematography. His early films feature local people and events.

Shere has continued its link with the film industry as the setting for many film and television productions including ‘The Ruling Class’ with Peter O’Toole, ‘Bridget Jones – Edge of Reason’ and, ‘The Holiday’ with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jude Law.

This is one of our History of Surrey in 50 Objects. It was chosen from around 150 items suggested by the Curators and Collections Officers of Surrey Museums to represent a moment, person or event which shaped or changed our county.

Visit the Explore Our Collections page on this site to see all 50 objects.