Until January 2012 the club was part of the Bacup Natural History Society (NAT) and met in the Natural History Museum. The NAT was founded in 1878 and, whilst there have been suggestions that an informal camera club began soon afterwards, the NAT records suggest that a photographic interest group formed around 1903. For a fascinating article by the late Donald Entwistle on the history of the club click here. An article on the formal establishment of the club appears in the 2nd March 1920 edition of the Bacup Times. Because of the increase in interest in photography, probably due to the immediacy of digital technology, the club needed to expand and to find premises more suitable to the display and storage of photographs and equipment. Consequently it separated from the NAT in January 2012 and received recognition of its independent charitable status from HMRC from 14 March 2012. The two organisations, however, continue to work closely together.
Donald Entwistle, (1931 to 2016),club secretary for a continuous period of 50 years from 1959 to 2009