If it is yearly then I think this will be the first year!

They have just started doing this sort of thing. A few months ago they ran a couple of basic black and white darkroom courses and more recently they had a Bohemian Beard Competition. Basically, anyone with a decent beard in the style of Lord Alfred Tennyson (who lived up the road) could enter and the eight winners were going to be photographed using wet plate collodion. Unfortunately I only heard about the photography session after it had happened.


Karen Grainger (who is running the workshops) has taken up a residency at Dimbola Lodge. I hope it is a long lasting arrangement.


This is certainly a step in the right direction as up until recently, they have only had digital workshops.