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The Shirley Photographic society was founded on 12th April 1937. It was then known as the Photographic Section of the Shirley Social and Library Circle. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, in 1939, the society continued to function albeit within the restriction of wartime measures. After 1945, when the situation began to normalise, the society ceased being a section of the Shirley Circle on 21st April 1947 and became a separate entity devoted solely to photography. It was then necessary to change its title and so became the Shirley Photographic Society.

The society is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through its membership of the Midlands Counties Photographic Federation, and regularly sends delegates to the Federation meetings.


Unless otherwise stated in the programme the society meets weekly, on Thursday evenings, between September and the following April each year. Meetings are held in the small hall at

Shirley Methodist Church
255 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3AL


Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The meetings cover a variety of topics, as will be seen from the annual programme. In addition to talks and competitions we organise regular digital workshops, on separate evenings during the season, to help with the technical aspects of digital photography. Social events are organised periodically throughout the year. Please contact us for details of membership fees and come along to sample an evening or two of this friendly club before joining.

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