St Pauls Darkrooms


Our spacious and well-equipped community darkrooms were established in 2005 and gained a reputation as one of the finest facilities in the country, providing tuition in traditional and alternative photographic processes. Darkroom facilities are now available for use on a sessional hire basis for individuals or groups. The darkrooms are fully accessible, and available 7 days a week during opening hours.

The darkroom includes:

  • 10 enlargers - 4 black and white and 6 colour head

  • Enlargers accommodate 35mm and medium format up to 5 x 4 inch film formats

  • Floor standing enlarger; height adjustable for wheelchair users

  • Black & white printing room

  • Black & white film processing room

  • Film and print drying and daylight finishing room

  • Large UV box for cyanotype and alternative printing processes

We are pleased to offer a new Darkroom Membership scheme, which provides members with discounted sessional darkroom hire. Members will be kept informed about photography opportunities at the Learning Centre such as photography projects, courses, talks and exhibitions. Darkroom members must be over 18 years old.

Membership Fees are:

12 Months: £30.00                     6 Months: £20.00

Darkroom Sessional Hire Fees are:

Members:  £10.00                      Non-members £15.00

3 Hour Darkroom Session: price includes B&W chemicals but not photographic paper. Darkroom sessions can be booked for any 3 hours that the Centre is open.

To become a darkroom member please download and complete the form, and bring it in to the Learning Centre Reception to pay and collect your membership card.

Please note that you can view the Dark Room availability here and scrolling down to the Dark Room section at the bottom. To set yourself up as a customer, or to book a session, please call reception on 0117 9145470 or email


All darkroom users and new members must take part in a FREE induction prior to booking their first session. Please contact for the induction. For more info go to St Pauls Darkrooms Facebook.

St Pauls Community Darkrooms can be booked for group projects and / or courses, by professional photographers, youth and community groups, teachers, trainers, schools and colleges, Your group or organisation can book the entire darkroom facility exclusively on a regular or one-off basis. We can provide a professional tutor and full technical support if required, and ensure you have the best equipment to make your course or workshop a success.

Darkroom Capacity = 10

call reception on 0117 9145470 or email

  Darkroom Video Tutorial with Ruth .... Click to play!

Darkroom Video Tutorial with Ruth .... Click to play!