Club History

Barry Roberts receiving his trophy from Club President Jack Swindlehurst in January 2017

Padiham & District Photographic Society has a long history in developing photographic talent and sharing this fascinating hobby.

It was founded in the early 20th century by Horace Swindlehurst and has seen early monochrome darkroom and chemical techniques advance to colour, slides and electronic formats. In the early days the club met at the old Padiham Technical College. Following several meeting venues such as the cricket club and the Unitarian Chapel, the club now meets at the Ightenleigh Social Club on Padiham Road.

Throughout its history the club has maintained strong community connections and supports historic archives and exhibitions at local venues such as Towneley Hall. The club’s proud history can be seen in the various plaques and trophies presented to acknowledge members’ work throughout the year and in one competition the christening cup of the founder’s son (the late club president Jack Swindlehurst) is used as an award.

Members have a wealth of photographic experience and knowledge whether reaching back to darkroom techniques or using current electronic methods. In approaching a century of photography, Padiham and District Photographic Society continues to engage existing members and welcome new ones to this established pastime.