The club started in 2003 when two of the founding members, Alan McNeish and
Harry Dalziel, did a project called "No Picnic" with the Poverty Alliance.
At the end of the project they asked staff at the North West Resource Centre (NWRC)
in Lincluden, Dumfries, where the project had been based, if it would be
possible to do something with them.
A project was started with the help and advice from two local photographers, Willie
Hiddleston and Earl Gemmell, with access to buildings owned by Historic Scotland.
At the end of the project an exhibition was held at NWRC, Lincluden. It was decided
to form a camera club called ‘North West Dumfries Photography Group’, which was
later changed to ‘Abbey Camera Club’.
On the 8th July 2011 the club was successful in achieving funding from the "Awards
for All" charity. This helped with the purchase of vital equipment to keep the club
going forward and continue to be a valuable part of the community.
The club has gone from strength to strength over the years and welcomes all from the
beginner to advanced and professional. You don't even need a camera, just come
along and you will be made most welcome.
After fifteen years plying our club out of the North West Resource Centre in
Lincluden we moved to new and bigger premises in Lochvale House on the Georgetown Road (formerly Georgetown Community Centre).
We moved once again, this time to St Andrews Church Hall, Brooke Street, Dumfries, on 26th September 2020.
When we are eventually in-situ, meetings will still be the same as before, running from 7pm to 9pm on a Wednesday evening, once Covid-19 restrictions allow.