The Cambridge Darkroom

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Ian, Dec 6, 2003.

  1. Ian

    Ian Guest


    I'm trying to trace the ex-owners/ex-directors of the Cambridge
    Darkroom – a gallery of photography which used to be in Cambridge, UK
    until a number of years ago. Does anyone know anything about the
    Cambridge Darkroom – where it went? Why it isn't around anymore or
    where I can contact the people who wwere involved with the project?


    Ian, Dec 6, 2003
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    Daniel Ellis Guest

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    It used to be next to the Arjuna warehouse at the top of Gwydir street off
    Mill road (I'm pretty sure), maybe someone around there may know more? You
    probably already knew that though...

    There also used to be an interesting alternative book shop around there
    selling subversive literature, which is now an antiques shop.
    Daniel Ellis, Dec 7, 2003
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    Ed Guest

    go to and click the button on the righthand side,
    in the middle.
    enter the company name and then if they are listed, spend £2.50 on the
    directors report.
    if not listed, then yu need to find the real company name rather than the
    "trading as..." name

    this will then give you the names and home addresses of the company

    I presume you owe them some money and are trying to track them down so you
    can pay them ;-))

    Ed, Dec 8, 2003
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    Jean-Luc Guest


    I was actually a member of the Cambridge Darkroom for a year or so
    before it closed around 1999 or 2000.

    It was located in the Dales Brewery (Mill Road end of Gwydir
    Street)... I was told it had closed because of bad management and
    setting up of costly London-style exhibitions.

    Anyway, I now remember having a conversation with many photographers
    in July 2002 (during my last Open Studio), who all own one enlarger,
    but do/did not have the room to put it up (just like me), and who
    would like to find a place where we could maybe put all our enlargers
    up, and re-create a "Cambridge Darkroom". Or at least a space where
    people who like photography can meet and produce pictures.

    I know this needs thinking of, a place where we can set this up, and a
    bit of administration & time-sharing... But those guys were serious
    about the idea, and ready to offer their time & equipment to a
    community project.

    Now, if anyone is up for it, I can dig up the phone numbers these guys
    left me, and we could start something up! Maybe with the help of the
    erm... city council?


    Jean-Luc Benazet
    Jean-Luc, Dec 9, 2003
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    Rob Loxley Guest

    Well, a brief search shows the company still exists (no.01782312;
    registerd at the Fitzwilliam Museum so probably a good place to start) and
    is still a registered charity (no.288902). Companies House or the Charity
    Commisioners could probably give you more info.
    Rob Loxley, Dec 9, 2003
  6. Ian

    Ian Guest


    Thanks to everyone for their valuable suggestions.

    Andrew & Rob: Company House was a great idea. I have the contact
    details I need now. Thanks for the advice.

    Jean-Luc: You are kind of getting close to what I want to do. I am
    trying to formulate a plan for a photographic gallery in Cambridge,
    which will have Dark-room, Light-room and Studio facilities too. I
    don't know whether you have every been to the Impressions Gallery in
    York, but I would very much like to follow this style. To host
    contemporary and traditional exhibitions for Cambridge and the East of
    England; to promote and represent photography in the area through
    educational projects and the like; and to provide facilities for local
    photographers (professional and enthusiast).

    I wanted to speak to someone from the Cambridge Darkroom because it
    did occur to me that someone had already tried this kind of thing, and
    it wasn't around any more. I wondered if there was an economic or
    commercial difficulty I needed to be aware of.

    I'm trying to arrange a meeting with someone from the Arts Council in
    the New Year and I have a few more people to talk with. I'll keep
    anyone updated who wants to be. And if anyone wants to discuss any
    ideas or could tell me more about the Cambridge Darkroom, I don't mind
    buying a beer or two!

    Thanks again.

    Ian, Dec 10, 2003
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    Chris Brown Guest

    Sounds most interesting. I'd like to know more, but only if you promise I
    won't get sneered at for having silicon behind my EF lenses instead of
    celluloid. ;->
    Chris Brown, Dec 10, 2003
  8. Ian

    Ian Guest


    No, no. I don't care if you have toilet paper behind your lenses! As
    long as you get a good end result.

    Will let you know what the outcome of the Arts Council meeting is.
    Ian, Dec 11, 2003
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    Chris Brown Guest

    Much appreciated, ta!
    Chris Brown, Dec 11, 2003
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    Jean-Luc Guest

    Yeah, I would definitely be interested too. I will also try to contact
    the guys that wanted the project to go through last year...

    I do not know any similar project in York or elsewhere, cause I hardly
    go outside Cambridge (eg. I tend to take a plane when I go outside
    Cambridge, and visit Europe rather than England).

    Jean-Luc, Dec 11, 2003
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    Tytn Hays Guest

    I'm also very interested in photography and would love to
    contribute in whatever way I can.

    I don't have an enlarger, but I'd certainly be happy to pay to use
    such a facility. And I'd be prepared to help out with administration
    as well.

    If you get any more details, please let me know.


    Tytn Hays, Dec 11, 2003
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