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1954, the New Premises Fund had reached £1,100, and possible premises had
been found at 68 Great King Street. The Asking Price was £1,950.
special Meeting held on 7 August to agree the purchase of the premises.
They were acquired in November for £1,650.
made an interest-free loans of £1,055 and donations of £120. This
enabled the society to spend a further £100 on structural alterations and
£480 on plumbing, painting, electrical work and fitting out.
Photographic Society's premises occupy the 1st floor, Ground Floor, Basement
and Sub-Basement of this building.
The Opening of
the Premises by Edinburgh's Lord Provost took place on Wednesday 5
band of about 50 volunteers started work on rewiring, interior paintwork,
fitting out darkrooms, kitchen and studio almost immediately after the
premises were acquired. By the
start of the 1955-56 season, the premises were ready for use.
Premises, comprising a
lecture room, a
spacious studio, a
small kitchen and a ladies
room, were officially opened by the Lord Provost, John Banks, on 5 October
members were clearly very pleased to have its their premises again:
before in its history, the EPS owned its own rooms.
That it ever parted with them, even for the awe-inspiring affiliation
with the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, has mystified many of us during our
involuntary sojourn in the wilderness of homelessness.” [EPS
Bulletin No 30]
a source of peril has been removed. Intrepid members who ventured to
open that sinister little door marked ‘Danger’ in the darkroom flat,
will have found that it plunged directly into Stygian blackness of a
sub-basement. The council, in their mercy, have now stretched the
funds to the wiring of this, so 'Let there be light'.”
advice to darkroom users:
the present time, the need to conserve water supplies in Edinburgh is real
and pressing. … Sea-water can be readily obtained by most
people living in Edinburgh. The modern 2-gallon plastic container with
stopper is a handy adjunct to use for its collection and storage. Sea
water can be used satisfactorily for washing prints. After using sea
water, a final rinse or two in plain water is necessary.”
1967, a colour darkroom was created, but the same year, dry rot and wet rot
was found in the basement and sub-basement.
expect the darkroom to be closed for 2 or 3 months
Damage and Improvements
1979 and 1980, the premises were flooded on three occasions from burst pipes
in the flat above. The Board Room, Lecture Hall and Monochrome Darkroom were
damaged, but fortunately the society's valuable collection of photographs by
Hill & Adamson and others were well protected and survived. These
are now in the care of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
society continues to set aside funds for structural repairs. Several
thousand pounds was needed for repairs to the roof and a garden wall in
1996 and 1997 work was the society's Main
Hall, Entrance Hall, stairs,
Library and Black & White Darkrooms were all redecorated, making the
premises more welcoming to old and new members.
Further major redecoration of the premises was undertaken in 2004-05,
this time calling on the services of professional decorators rather than EPS
Great King Street
Bust of DO Hill
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Photographic Society's premises at 68 Great King Street, Edinburgh.
tell me when EPS acquired this bust, and who from? It must have
been some time between
- 1868 (It was not one of the items listed on the society's
inventory that year) and
- 1963 (That's the year that I joined EPS. The bust has
been in the society's premises throughout my membership.)
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: June 22, 2012
to find a
showing the route to 68 Great King Street.