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Oldest photographic societies in the UK

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by nf3996, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. nf3996

    nf3996 Well-Known Member

    Can anyone point me to a list of the UK's oldest photographic societies and their dates of foundation? My local club claims to be one of the oldest (founded in 1893). I'm sure there are plenty older, and I'd like to see where it sits in the 'league table'.

    Many thanks,

  2. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853. You're not going to find any older than 1839 I wouldn't imagine ;-)
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  3. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    The Leeds Photographic Society claims to be the oldest - it was founded in 1852. But I'm sure you could google this as well as I can!
  4. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    And when I tried to go along, it still had all the original membership. ;)
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  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    :D Good one! :D
  6. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    I do hope you aren't suggesting that Brian was an original member.....
  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Certainly not.

    Brian didn't live in Leeds at the time. ;)
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  8. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    "However, it was not until The Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace, London, in 1851 that photography had caught the imagination of the wider public and photographic societies began to be established, first in Leeds (1852), then London (1853), Liverpool (1853), Manchester (1855) then the Photographic Society of Scotland (PSS) in Edinburgh (1856)."
    Source (really worth an explore) http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/4/4_eps_brief_history.htm#02_founding_members

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