We are now in Lockdown, so unfortunately we are unable to reopen Darkrooms.
Apologies to all our Darkroom Users and Members - we'll be back as soon as possible!
Our free Covid-Safe Darkroom Inductions will resume as soon as we are out of restrictions, and Supported Darkroom Sessions will be rescheduled. Darkroom Memberships are frozen until Darkrooms reopen.
St Pauls Darkrooms – Facilities, Membership and Bookings
St Pauls Darkrooms are spacious and well-equipped, with black and white printing and processing facilities suitable for beginners or advanced photographers, plus a small colour printing unit. The Darkrooms are fully accessible, and available 7 days a week for individual or group hire, with free inductions and a low-cost membership scheme. To maintain social distancing one person may book the Darkroom at a time (or two can book together if you are from the same household) and places on workshops, courses and induction sessions are limited to five.
10 enlargers: 35mm, medium format, and 4 x 5 inch
Floor standing enlarger with height adjustable printing surface
Black & white printing room
Black & white film processing room
Durst Printo colour printing unit - 12 x 16 inch
Daylight film and print drying and finishing room with light box
Large UV exposure box for cyanotypes and alternative processes
Darkroom Membership, Sessional Hire and Fees
Darkroom Membership gives you reduced sessional hire - click on the button for the Membership Form and Payment:
£40 annual fee
Members - £10 per 3 hour session / Non-members - £15 per 3 hour session
Young people under 18 may become Darkroom Members and should be accompanied by a parent or guardian when using the Darkrooms.
Booking Darkroom Sessions
To book your session in the darkroom please contact St Pauls Learning Centre Reception: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 914 5470. You can check availability first via St Pauls Learning Centre booking system.
The Learning Centre operates a flexible booking system allowing you to book any 3-hour session within opening hours.
Monday to Thursday - 9am to 9pm (Last session starts at 6pm)
Friday – 9am to 5pm (Last session starts at 2pm)
Weekends - 10am to 5pm (Last session starts at 2pm)
Free Covid-Safe Inductions
All darkroom users and new members must take part in a Covid-Safe Induction to ensure you understand our sanitisation and social distancing measures put in place to keep you as safe as possible while using the Darkrooms. This applies to returning Darkroom Members and users, as well as new Darkroom users. We will also show you correct use of equipment and chemistry and where everything you need is kept. Please book your Covid-Safe Induction here.
St Pauls Darkrooms – Group Bookings
Your group or organisation can book the entire darkroom facility exclusively on a regular or one-off basis for projects, workshops and courses. Our darkrooms can accommodate groups of up to 10 participants, and are perfect for professional photographers, youth and community groups, schools, universities, or other organisations who want to enable participants to work together on photographic projects. Photography is a great medium for teaching numeracy, science and creativity; we also offer fascinating illustrated history of photography sessions.
We can provide technical support, and tuition at all levels with fully qualified and experienced photography tutors, and ensure you have the best equipment to make your course or workshop a success.
Book your group for a one-off workshop or course, or make a regular booking by contacting us via email@example.com
Darkroom Hire Fees*
Book a half day (three hours) or a full day (six hours)
School and Community rates - includes black & white processing chemicals**
Half day including induction: £60
Full day including induction: £100
Half day including induction and technical set-up: £85
Full day including induction and technical set-up: £125
Half day including tutor and technical support: £160
Full day including tutor and technical support: £275
Commercial and Corporate rates - includes black & white processing chemicals**
Half day including induction: £90
Full day including induction: £150
Half day including induction and technical set-up: £140
Full day including induction and technical set-up: £200
Half day including tutor and technical support: £275
Full day including tutor and technical support: £400
* We can work with your group to obtain funding in order to implement imaginative and exciting photography projects – contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
** We can also provide black and white film and photographic paper for your group at cost price, or you can provide your own.