Victorian Darkroom

Enjoy a time-capsule of photographic History this Heritage week.

Travel back in time with Strokestown Park’s latest attraction – our rare and intact Victorian Darkroom. This photographic darkroom was created by Henry Pakenham Mahon next to his Gentleman’s Study in the Big House. Henry was an enthusiastic early photographer and he used his wealth and knowledge to pursue this expensive and complicated hobby.

Our collection contains his glass plate photographs and his many cameras, tripods, developing and enlarging equipment and materials. The darkroom and laboratory are now fully accessible to the public through our newly created exhibition, which has been funded by the Heritage Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022. It will be launched during this year’s Heritage Week.

More information on the tour for Heritage Week is available here.

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