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EPS Premises

68 Great King Street

68 Great King Street

68 Great King Street  -  EPS Premises

©  Copyright: For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

68 Great King Street appears as on this map

Premises purchased

By 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.

A special Meeting held on 7 August to agree the purchase of the premises.  They were acquired in November for £1,650. 

Members 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. 

Edinburgh 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 October 1955

A home again

A 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.

The Premises, comprising a large lecture room, a  spacious studio, a  reading room,   small kitchen and a ladies room, were officially opened by the Lord Provost, John Banks, on 5 October 1955. 

The members were clearly very pleased to have its their premises again:

“Once 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]

Darkrooms

1958 report:

“Finally, 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'.”

1959 advice to darkroom users:

“At 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.”

In 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

In 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.

The society continues to set aside funds for structural repairs.  Several thousand pounds was needed for repairs to the roof and a garden wall in recent years.

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 volunteers.

Photo 1

Sara Stevenson about to lay flowers on DO Hill's Gravestone

Sara Stevenson about to lay flowers on the gravestone of DO Hill to commemorate the bi-centenary of his birth

© Peter Stubbs  -   peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                   Photo taken  May 20, 2002

Photo 2

Group from the Scottish Society for the History of Photography Conference beside DO Hill's Gravestone

A Group from a Conference organised by the Scottish Society for the History of PHotography visits the gravestone of DO Hill to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                   Photo taken  May 20, 2002

Photo 3

Zoom in on the Group from the Scottish Society for the History of Photography Conference

A Group from a Conference organised by the Scottish Society for the History of PHotography visits the gravestone of DO Hill to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                   Photo taken  May 20, 2002

Photo 4

DO Hill's Gravestone

DO Hill's Grave on 20 May 2002, the bicentenary of his birth

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                    Photo taken  May 20, 2002

 

2.

D O Hill  -  Bust

Edinburgh Photographic Society premises,

2012

Photo 5

Bust of David Octavius Hill in EPS Entrance Hall

Bust of DO Hill, at EPS Premises, 68 Great King Street  -  Where did it come from and when?

© peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                        Photo taken  June 23, 2012

Photo 6

Bust of David Octavius Hill

Bust of DO Hill, at EPS Premises, 68 Great King Street  -  Where did it come from and when?

© peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                          Photo taken  June 23, 2012

Photo 7

Bust of David Octavius Hill (zoom-out)

Bust of DO Hill, at EPS Premises, 68 Great King Street  -  Where did it come from and when?

© peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                          Photo taken  June 23, 2012

Photo 8

Bust of David Octavius Hill in EPS Entrance Hall

  Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall

©  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                             Photo taken:  9 November 2014

Photo 9

Bust of David Octavius Hill in EPS Entrance Hall

  Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall

©  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                             Photo taken:  9 November 2014

Photo 10

Bust of David Octavius Hill in EPS Entrance Hall

  Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall

©  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                             Photo taken:  9 November 2014

Photo 11

Bust of David Octavius Hill in EPS Entrance Hall

  Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall

©  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                             Photo taken:  9 November 2014

 

Bust of DO Hill

Edinburgh Photographic Society

68 Great King Street

Please click on the thumbnail images above to see photos of the bust of David Octavius Hill in Edinburgh Photographic Society's premises at 68 Great King Street, Edinburgh.

Can anybody 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

 

Enlarge all these photos

©      ©    A Group of Delegates from the DO Hill Bicentenary Conference DO Hill's Grave on 20 May 2002, the bicentenary of his birth. ©     A Group of Delegates from the DO Hill Bicentenary Conference DO Hill's Grave on 20 May 2002, the bicentenary of his birth. ©

and these photos

Bust of DO Hill, at EPS Premises, 68 Great King Street  -  Where did it come from and when? ©            Bust of DO Hill, at EPS Premises, 68 Great King Street  -  Where did it come from and when? ©            Bust of DO Hill, at EPS Premises, 68 Great King Street  -  Where did it come from and when? ©

Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall ©     Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall ©    Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall ©     Edinburgh Photographic Society Premises at 68 Great King Street  -  Bust of DO Hill in the Hall ©

 

 

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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