A repeat of a Walk around the
that took place on July 18,
organised by the EPS Survey
Iíve been asked to say a few words about EPS who arranged
the original tour around the walls 100 yrs ago.
Iíve been a member of EPS since 1963, and Iíve been
doing some research into the history of the society so I can tell
you something about it.
really began with Talbot and Daguerre In 1839, followed four years
later by Hill & Adamson in Edinburgh.
A few early photographic societies were created around
Britain from the 1850s onwards, following the Great Exhibition of
was founded in 1861. It included both amateur and professional
photographers. It was agreed to meet on Wednesday evenings and to
hold an annual exhibition. It still meets on Wednesday evenings
and holds an annual exhibition. The exhibition is held at 68
Great King Street during the Edin. Festival.
There have been many sections within EPS. Today we
- Studio Group
- Nature Group
- Digital Group
- Creative Group
In the early 1900s, there were
- Lantern Section
- Elementary Section
- Ladiesí Practical Section
- Golf Club
- Cycling Camera Corps
- Survey Section
It was the EPS Survey Group that arranged for the walk
around the City Walls on Sat 18 July 1908. The tour was led by Mr
Geddie, a sub-editor of the Scotsman.
Other Survey Sections Rambles in 1908: Old Town, Holyrood.
Survey Section Objects:
1. To make a comprehensive collection of Original Paintings,
Engravings, Prints, Photographs, Lantern Slides and Illustrations
of every description of Edinburgh, Leith and District of the
2. To secure permanent Photographs (such as by Carbon or
Platinotype Process), Drawings &c. of Streets, Buildings,
Monuments of Edinburgh, Leith, and District as they now exist, and
of all Public and Open Spaces in and around the City, and to
obtain representations of the Civic and Social Life and Customs of
The Survey Section was most active around 1900-10. An
exhibition was held on 4 Jan 1905. It comprised: 50 paintings,
107 engravings, prints and plans, 359 photographs.
Two copies of the Survey Section photos were created,
one copy for the City of Edinburgh and the other for EPS. I think
that the first copy is now included in the Edinburgh Room
collection and that the second copy has been donated to the
Collection held by the National Portrait Gallery.
Both the main Society and groups within it held outings
during the summer months, by various means of transport:
- barge to Almond Dell
- steamer to Inchcolm
- train to East Lothian, Fife, Borders, special saloon car
Enjoy this eveningís walk in the Centenary Year of the OEC.
If anybody would like to follow up any points that Iíve
mentioned with me, as we walk around the walls, please do that.
Or else have a look at the EdinPhoto web site,