Darwen Camera Club traces its roots back to 8 May 1896 with the Rev. Henry Irving being our President for the first five years. The club's original meeting place was Belgrave School (thanks to the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union's archives for confirming this). 

Throughout our long history we have remained informal and friendly, appealing to photography enthusiasts young and old across the local community.  Whatever your photographic experience and ambition, if you're looking to improve your photography then Darwen Camera Club's weekly programme will have something to interest you.

We usually meet on Mondays at 7:30pm, except for bank holidays and over Christmas.  If we're going out for photography (occasionally during the winter but more regularly during the summer), then we meet at 6:30.  Very occasionally we may organise trips out on a different day of the week.  All such changes to our regular start time are communicated advance on this site and in the club programme.

Our evenings are themed each week, and we recommend anyone thinking of joining comes along to several of our meetings over the course of a month before committing to join.  This way you'll see a variety of subjects covered and also experience our informal monthly competition, which visitors may enter.  Whatever your expertise we're sure you will pick up useful tips and ideas which will help improve your images and make you a better photographer.

To become a member, our annual subscriptions are currently £35 for individuals and £60 for a joint membership, payable in January each year.  In addition to our club programme activities, members are able to enter regional competitions, display their prints in the library in our annual exhibition and use club facilities, as well as joining us on our summer photographic evenings out.