You may be wondering what’s been going on here at the Gate.  Over the past few months, we’ve been busy developing community engagement and outreach activities pioneered by one of our members, Tim Mitchell, a professional photographer (  It’s been fantastic working with Tim who’s led a number of inspirational darkroom workshops for the Gate in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum and the Ansell Adams exhibition (   Over this Spring we’ve also led community workshops involving a great range of people of all ages.  While it’s early days, we’re keen to develop our community engagement ideas, and build on the energy and interest they’ve been generating.  Watch this space!

In the meantime, there’s loads of news to catch up on, and over the next few weeks we’ll be updating this blog to let you in on what we’ve been up to in a bit more detail, how some of our projects are going, what new equipment we’ve got, and how we see the next few months panning out.  Our open access scheme is becoming more popular and we’ve been growing our membership too.   Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to find out more about the darkroom.  If you’re interested in black and white darkroom printing, and want to develop your work in a supportive environment, please do get in touch.  We are happy to offer a free day trial.  You will be very welcome!