introducing THE

old jet



We’re excited to share the details of our new black and white darkroom here at Old Jet. The old library has been converted into a fully equipped space that is perfect for one or two users at a time.

Whether you are looking to rent a darkroom for film processing or hand printing, you’ll find a range of options at Old Jet. 
We are open Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm.
Evening and weekend sessions are available by special arrangement.

Equipment includes:

  • 1 x Durst M605 suitable for 35mm negatives
  • 1 x Ilford Multigrade 500H suitable for most medium format negatives
Plus, chemicals for developing black and white film and prints; film developing tanks for both 35mm and 120 film; a large selection of trays, funnels, measuring jugs, focus finders, light box, and tongs.
You can hire the dark room by the day or half-day at reasonable rates and with exclusive use throughout the session. Film process and print chemistry is included but please bring your own printing paper of choice. Here is a stockist that we like –
We can provide basic guidance on how to use the equipment if required or you can opt for a full or half day tuition with our supervising printer Nick Ilott, either 1:1 or with a friend. The full-day session covers both film processing and hand printing techniques and we also provide guidance notes for reference.
To book the darkroom for independent use, you will need to have had previous experience in a dark room and had a health and safety induction, which will probably be arranged for your first visit and is included in your initial hire price. After an initial induction you will then be able to book sessions directly through our booking system.
If you do not have previous experience we offer private 1 on 1 tuition to get you acquainted.

Single use of the Darkroom:

  • Half a day – £30
  • Full day – £45
  • Evenings – £30
  • Weekends – £50


  • Full day. Participants bring a camera, are supplied with black and white film and together we shoot, develop and print their images. £180 per person.
  • Print only session. A two hour darkroom session where you will learn how to make black and white photographic prints. £60 per person.
  • Film developing only session. A two hour darkroom session learning how to develop a black and white film. £60 per person.
  • Print and Film Developing session. £120 per person

Nick's Photography Workshops:

Learn the basics of portrait photography in a four hour workshop session at Old Jet with Nick Ilott.
Suitable for both film and digital photography enthusiasts the course will cover:
  • Exposure and aperture
  • Finding the right light
  • Posing subjects
  • Using natural and artificial lighting
  • Creative portraits
  • Editing your shots
£150 pp

For more information, prices and to arrange a visit please email


For workshops only