Photographic Darkrooms

UCLan boasts a large bespoke darkroom suite within Victoria building.

Photographic Darkrooms

The area has monochrome film processing facilities including a deep tank processing unit and film & print drying machines.

Within the two monochrome printing darkrooms enlargers are located in interconnecting safe lit bays with darkroom sinks for wet (dish) print processing.

A separate darkroom is specifically reserved for alternative processes where historic and traditional technologies can embrace digital technologies to produce unique work.

A third monochrome darkroom is reserved for advanced users, kitted out in an exact style with the addition of floor standing enlargers for sheet film. 

Photographic Darkrooms

Photographic Darkrooms

Victoria Building

Equipment Available

18 Durst Enlargers with timers and masking frames for 35mm and 120 roll film.
2 DeVere floor standing enlarger for sheet films.
Paterson film processing tanks
Deep tank film processing system
Film dryers
Ilford print dryer
Print drying racks for fibre based papers
Darkroom accessories include: Print trays (various sizes), measuring cylinders, thermometers, masking frames, contact print frames, enlarger timers, focus scopes, printing MG filters.
All chemistry is supplied.




Contact staff

David Schofield | Senior Technician
+44 (0)1772 894969 | Victoria Building VB337

Joanna Garrett | Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 4311 | Victoria Building VB114

LIS Customer Support Team
+44 (0)1772 89 5355





Victoria Building VB103, VB104, VB105, VB106, VB107, VB108


Workshop hours are from 9:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 – 16:30 Monday-Friday. Where possible and with prior arrangement technical staff will work flexibly during the working day to accommodate specific support requirements which do not fit into the specific time detailed above.

Please note that this facility is used for scheduled teaching activities. The space may not be available for open access during these sessions. Please contact technical staff for details.

Due to the innate technical nature of the equipment and processes contained within this facility, there is a prerequisite for students to attend a technical induction and then following that they may be required to complete further course based technical instruction workshops prior to permission being granted for their independent use of this facility.

Photographic Darkrooms

Photographic Darkrooms