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Magic Lantern Slide with Engraving Illustrating 'Auld Lang Syne'

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:
57
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with colour illustration of the song 'Auld Lang Syne'
Subject:
Magic lantern slides such as this were used at 'pictorial concerts'. Before the advent of the cinema, magic lantern shows were popular social gatherings.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his poem)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (publisher of Burns songs)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Magic lantern slides such as this were used at 'pictorial concerts'. 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'.