Lantern slides

  image of a lantern slide

Lantern slide image of sub fossil forest Leasowe foreshore

The geology section has over 4,000 glass lantern slide images in its collections.

The largest is the Ranson slide collection of 3722, 3.75 by 3.25 inches, lantern slides of botanical and geological subjects photographed by John Ranson who lived from 1883-1966. Some of these images show the Merseyside coast as it was during the early part of the twentieth century, including the submerged forest beds at Leasowe.

Other slide collections include those of C. T. Green which are mainly images of mineral specimens which were in the collections prior to the blitz of 1941 and of Willoughby-Ellis who used slides from William Pengelly's lectures on Kent's Cavern.