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Book the Darkroom

Book the Darkroom

Your attention is drawn to the H&S Safety Notice HERE


 The Darkroom is only available for the use of fully paid-up Members of good standing who have completed the Dark Room Course

  1. The Darkroom must be used for non-commercial purposes only; it is not to be used for any commercial,      professional or for-profit


  1. Each new user of the Darkroom must receive a Health & Safety briefing from the Darkroom Administrator.
  2. This briefing can be arranged as required.
  3. You will be eligible to apply for access to the Darkroom after three months


  1. Members must apply to Council to get these keys – it is recommended that members submit their application when arranging for the Health & Safety briefing in order to have access as quickly as   A deposit of €25 must be paid when first obtaining the keys


  1. Darkroom sessions can be booked online up to one calendar month ahead and for a maximum of six hours in any one session.
  2. There are limits to DarkrRoom access:
    1. it can only be reserved in sessions of a maximum of 6 hours
    2. a member can only reserve one session per single day
    3. a member can only reserve 2 sessions per single week


  1. Treat the Darkroom with respect and consideration - keep it tidy and clean at all times
  2. The Darkroom is provided on a basis of trust. Misuse and/or abuse of the facility could result in restricting the use of the Darkroom to all Members
  3. Always sign the Darkroom Diary, including your arrival and departure times
  4. If you discover a fault with the Darkroom or its equipment, please inform the Darkroom Administrator and note it in the Darkroom Diary
  5. No smoking. Please do not interfere with smoke detectors.
  6. If you are working alone, YOU MUST check-in and check-out with someone.


The Darkroom is subject to the general Health and Safety protocols of the Club.  In addition:

  • Keep all cables from obstruction
  • Each Member must provide their own chemicals and paper and PPE (goggles and gloves). PPE is recommended to be worn when using any darkroom chemicals.
  • Treat all chemicals with care – they can be dangerous if mis-handled.
  • The bench with the enlarger(s) is the dry bench. No liquids, dishes, wet prints, etc should be near this bench at any time.
  • If you use electric heaters, use the plugs on the dry side of the darkroom for safety reasons.
  • Switch off the enlarger bulb while your print is in the dishes. Otherwise both the enlarger lens and your negative may be damaged.
  • Do not splash liquids on the floor. It should never be necessary to carry a dripping print or dish across the floor.
  • The kettle is for heating water prior to mixing your chemicals. Do not use it to heat the chemicals directly.
  • When using a dish heater, ensure that the normal temperature limit of 20 ̊C is not exceeded. Overheating will stain your prints and warp the dishes.
  • Rinse and wipe dry all dishes, measuring jugs, tongs, dish-heaters, etc. immediately after use.
  • It is very important that the wet bench and sink area are wiped down before you leave.
  • Before leaving the Darkroom, unplug all equipment (including heaters) and turn off the lights.
  • Return all equipment to its storage space, unplug all equipment,
  • Take away ALL chemicals you took into the Darkroom and dispose of any left overs safely
  • Close all the doors on your way out and remember to chubb-lock the front door if you are the last person leaving the premises.

Continue to Book the Darkroom HERE