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You can find our unique collection of lantern slides on the Open Spaces Society Website. The lantern transparencies show British landscapes from 1900-40, and were digitised and added to our website. This month, we’re focusing on our slides from Cumbria. The eight images show stunning scenes from the Lake District, including local workers and walkers enjoying the countryside.
The Lake District was established as a national park in 1951, around 15 years after most of these photos were taken, and covers over 912 square miles in the North West of England. Our lantern slides show how the area has not changed as an important site of leisure and nature in the last century, with one image in particular showing walkers relaxing by Styhead Pass after a presumably tiring climb.