The Society's premises - a member update

29 June 2017

Member news

HTBAs you will know from the RPS Journal and via your Group and Region representatives on the Society’s Advisory Board the Society has been searching for new premises for the past three years. 

It has been our aim to find a building to house the Society's headquarters and to develop a regional hub for photography. Such a space would be open to the public and showcase photography, including our members’ work, and bring in touring exhibitions that would not normally be seen in the region. Alongside this an educational programme such as workshops and talks, as well as engagement with Bath's festivals and other arts organisations would further enhance the space.

At the end of last year The Society made an offer on a former church in Bath, Holy Trinity, which met our requirements at an achievable price. You will have seen in The Journal some proposed drawings for the development of the space.

The Society prepared a detailed and fully costed proposal for the diocese demonstrating how it planned to use the space, while meeting the dioceses' need for community and educational use, and preserving the integrity of the space within the former church. From more than 15 expressions of interest The Society was one of five shortlisted bidders and we were interviewed in April about the proposal. We have now received news that The Society’s bid has been unsuccessful.

Clearly this news is disappointing, however the work and great enthusiasm that has gone into our proposal will now be developed and redirected as we continue on our mission to find a building and location to meet our needs, and to take The RPS into its exciting future. 

Dr Michael Pritchard
Chief Executive 

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