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Magic Lantern Slide with 'Auld Lang Syne' by Robert Burns

Introduction:
Robert Burns created 'Auld Lang Syne', perhaps the best known song in the English language, although it is actually written in Scots, by reworking a snatch of a traditional song which he had collected. He first wrote down a version of it in 1788 whilst living at Ellisland Farm, 5 miles north of Dumfries.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
45
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with illustrated poem 'Auld Lang Syne' by Robert Burns
Subject:
Magic lantern slides such as this were used at 'pictorial concerts' where the words of songs were projected to encourage the audience to sing along. Before the advent of the cinema, magic lantern shows were popular social gatherings.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (poem by)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (publisher of Burns songs)
J Lizars, Optician (Glasgow) (manufacturer)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Magic lantern slides such as this were used at 'pictorial concerts' where the words of songs were projected to encourage the audience to sing along. Before the advent of the cinema, magic lantern shows were popular social gatherings.
Description:
In 1793 he wrote to George Thomson, his publisher '...the old song of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript, until I took it down from an old man's singing'.