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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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Premises   Queen St    20 George St   38 N Castle   117 George St   16 Royal T   68 Great K

 

Please click here to find a map showing the route to 68 Great King Street.

 

 

EPS Premises

EPS has met at the following premises, and occasionally elsewhere.  

For two of the periods below, the rooms were owned by EPS.

Please scroll down this page for a brief overview, or click one of the links below to see more details of individual premises.

1861 - 1862

Queen Street Hall6 Queen Street 

1863 - 1885

National Bible Society Rooms;  5 St Andrew Square

1885 - 1892

Dowell’s Rooms20, George Street

1892 - 1925

Edinburgh Photographic Society 38, North Castle Street

1925 - 1929

Royal Scottish Society of Arts117 George Street

1929 - 1952

Royal Scottish Society of Arts16 Royal Terrace

1952 - 1954

Edinburgh Cine Club;  Fettes Row

1954 - 2003+

Edinburgh Photographic Society  68 Great King Street 

 

From 1861

Rented Premises

Up to 1892, EPS rented rooms for its meetings in several buildings in central Edinburgh.  During the 1880's pressure from the members increased for the society to acquire its own premises

 

From 1880s

The search for premises

EPS 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. 

A 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”

"The 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."

"To 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."

[FD Todd:  EPS Transactions 1890]

The 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 poem included:

Though brush and camera must unite,

Their lovers live in sorrow

A room with non-actinic light

They want to beg or borrow.

 

1892

Premises found

38 North Castle Street

When it was announced that the 1892 Convention of the Photographic Society of Great Britain was to held in Edinburgh and hosted by EPS, this gave greater impetus to the campaign to find premises.  In 1892, premises at 38 North Castle Street were acquired for £920. 

EPS soon outgrew these premises, but nevertheless remained at 38 North Castle Street for over thirty years.

 

From 1925

Premises shared again

EPS was one of several societies to become affiliated, and to rent premises from, the Royal Scottish Society of Arts.  All societies also had their proceedings published in the the RSSA's publication, Edinburgh Journal.

This arrangement continued for almost thirty years, first at 117 George Street then at 16 Royal Terrace, until the RSSA were no longer able to afford the premises.  

It is interesting to see EPS sharing premises with, and affiliated to, the Royal Scottish Society of Arts (RSSA).  Sir David Brewster, first President of the Photographic Society of Scotland, had been instrumental in establishing the RSSA in the early 19th century.

 

1952

No funds

EPS Council reported in 1952:

“When Royal Terrace was sold, EPS was offered first refusal on sale, but EPS was penniless. 

[The EPS Council subsequently resolved] to build up funds,  so as not to find themselves in the same position again in the future.” 

 

From 1952

Attempts to create funds

Raffles were held to help create a New Premises Fund.

1st Raffle:  Prizes:  bottle of sherry, home baked cake,

2nd Raffle: Prizes: nylons for members’ wives.  The society advertised:

“What wife could raise any objection to her husband going out to a photographic meeting when there was a prospect of a pair of nylons at 3d?”

For the next couple of years, until it had amassed sufficient funds to buy its own premises, EPS used more homely and less formal premises belonging to  the Edinburgh Cine Club.  These were located close to Great King Street, which was to become the next (and current) home of EPS. 

In 1953 it was reported that:

“The more intimate atmosphere of Fettes Row has clearly encouraged the more timid to take part in discussion … [and encouraged] …  a spontaneity not usual in the grander and more sedate surroundings of Royal Terrace.”

The caption at the foot of the pages in the EPS Bulletin read:

“Hasten the day of our own premises: get a new member today.”

 

1954

A new home

68 Great King Street

In 1954, EPS acquired 68 Great King Street, large premises in the New Town of Edinburgh in 1954.

 

For further details of these or any other premises, please click
on one of the boxes at the top or bottom of this page.

 

Premises   Queen St    20 George St   38 N Castle   117 George St   16 Royal T   68 Great K

 

Please click here to find a map showing the route to 68 Great King Street.

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks