Glass lantern slides preserve the past
We are extremely lucky in the Astons to have a fascinating collection of glass lantern slides, known as 'The Curry slides', probably taken by the Reverend Curry of the Aston Tirrold Presbyterian Church, a keen amateur photographer. It is a comprehensive collection showing life in and around the Astons around the turn of the century. They subsequently passed to the family of the next minister, the Reverend Lyons. When his daughter, Miss Lyons - who lived in the village for most of her life - left the village in the late 1980s she gave them to a neighbour, Michael Page, who converted them into 35mm slides. They were then digitised by his granddaughter Anna Dillon in the 1990s.
Mike Page gave the original glass lantern slides to the Astons History Group when he left the villages in the 90's.