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About Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern is an educational charity that runs interactive art history workshops in schools and to a range of adult groups. We use art to help people observe and explore the world around them and to think creatively and critically.

Our dynamic and inclusive workshops bring to life and enhance a wide range of subjects while stimulating confidence, encouraging an imaginative use of language and sparking a lifelong enjoyment of culture.

Who we are

We are a team of experienced communicators with backgrounds in education and the arts. Each workshop leader has been chosen for their ability to present sessions in an engaging, entertaining style as well as their skill in listening and responding to the class.

The Magic Lantern Team

Helen Anderson – London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth & Westminster
Pippa Bell – Durham, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Newcastle
Julie Cuthbertson – Leicestershire and Northamptonshire
Margaret Edwards – Northumberland
Jane Foot – Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire
Grainne Purkiss – Leicestershire and Northamptonshire
Sarah Ryan – Birmingham
Frances Rustin – London Boroughs of Barnet and Brent
Matthew Sanders – Director of Magic Lantern; London Boroughs of Camden, Islington, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea and Tower Hamlets
Alison Young – London Borough of Southwark


Jo Hookes
Sarah Phipps
Diana Schomberg (Founder of Magic Lantern)
Andrew Smith
Louise Varley
Judith Wood (Chair)


James Mayhew

James Mayhew is the creator of the much-loved Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina series and many other books, including Koshka’s Tales, Miranda the Explorer and Boy. His best-selling Katie series is recognised is one of the best introductions to art for children and one which resonates with the Magic Lantern team. The series now sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met, the Uffizi, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performs in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and art.


Dr Munira Mirza

Munira Mirza is Executive Director, Culture, King’s College London. Munira was previously the Director of HENI Talks, a digital library of free, short films featuring leading artists, art historians and curators ( and Deputy Mayor of London for Culture and Education between 2008-2016. She speaks regularly in the media about a range of social and cultural issues.


Professor Will Vaughan

Will Vaughan is Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck College, London and became Magic Lantern’s first Patron in 2013. Will has had an enormous influence on the Magic Lantern team having taught its two founder members and enlightened us all with his World of Art books on Gainsborough and The Golden Age of British Painting. He is also an accomplished print maker whose beautiful engravings are wonderful examples of the medium.

Find out more about Will and see some of his prints here:


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