Membership continued to increase, and by the 1880s, a campaign was underway
for premises that the society could buy and fit out with a library and
darkrooms. The campaign
strengthened when news reached Edinburgh that the West of Scotland Amateur
Photographic Association had set up a darkroom in Glasgow in 1884.
campaign began for EPS to acquire premises:
“to become possessed of a local habitation [where Members] would be able to
spend an evening in congenial company, to both their pleasure and profit; to
have ready access to both the literature and other property of the Society;
to have use of a commodious, well-equipped darkroom, and many conveniences
including refreshments – temperance at least”
members would be able to spend a spare evening in congenial company, to both
their pleasure and their profit; to have ready access to the literature and
other property of the Society; to have the use of a commodious well-equipped
dark room and many conveniences which need not be specified."
these might be added, as a variety, a few recreative games. In fact, let us have rooms, plain but useful, comfortable and
attractive, and I feel certain the Society would continue its career with
greater vigour and increased numbers."
Todd: EPS Transactions 1890]
plea for EPS to have its own premises was eloquently expressed in the 4th
verse of McKean’s
Recitation – a poem especially written for the occasion of the EPS
Annual Dinner held at Imperial Hotel on Friday 12 December 1884. His
brush and camera must unite,
lovers live in sorrow
room with non-actinic light
They want to beg or borrow.