Has it really been almost four months since we declared Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis open at Norwich Castle? The time seems to have flown by, and our major retrospective closed last weekend. We have been absolutely delighted with how people have responded to discovering Edis and her work for the first time. We’re waiting to hear our final visitor numbers, but by early January we had already seen almost 50,000 visitors through the door – putting Edis up there with some of the Castle’s most popular exhibitions! We are so pleased that she is finally getting the recognition she deserves, and we hope people have been as inspired by her enthusiasm and talent as we have. Here’s some of my favourite feedback from the exhibition:
“I have a new favourite photographer. Thank you!”
“Superb exhibition. What a creative and positive force of inspiration for all.”
“What an inspiring woman. Can we see more?”
Well, for the visitors who asked for more – you are in luck! We are in the process of transforming two galleries at Cromer Museum, creating a new permanent display of Edis’ work. The collection was previously displayed in a small room on the ground floor of the fisherman’s cottage, but by March 2017 this will have been completely refurbished and the collection will have expanded into the adjacent room, more than doubling the amount of space permanently dedicated to Edis. Our amazing design and technical team have designed exciting new displays which will include digital screens, lightboxes, photographs blown up to the size of the wall, original prints, and touchscreen technology to allow visitors to explore more of the collection. It’s a hive of activity here at the museum – new cases to house Edis’ cameras and equipment are being built as I type!
Here’s what the two rooms looked like before we started work:
And here’s what they look like at the moment!
We’ll keep you posted as work progresses. The new galleries will open to the public on 1st March 2017, the first day of our summer season, and we have a full events programme coming up in spring and summer starting with a series of Edis-themed talks in Cromer Museum’s education room:
- Thursday 2nd March 2017, 11:30am – The Many Roles of Women in the First World War with Frank Meeres, author of several local history books and archivist at Norfolk Record Office
- Wednesday 15th March, 11:30am – The Photography of Olive Edis with Alistair Murphy, Curator of Cromer Museum
- Thursday 30th March, 11:30am – From Pixel to Stitch with textile artist Lisa Little, who has created a series of embroidered portraits from Edis photographs (see some examples here)
More info on how to book will be available soon.
We’re also working on our travelling exhibition of Edis’ war photographs, The Road to Ypres: The War Photography of Olive Edis, which will travel to the following venues in 2017 and 2018:
- North Norfolk District Council Offices exhibition space (March 29th – May 23rd 2017)
- Farnham Museum, Surrey (6th June – 26th August 2017)
- King’s Lynn Town Hall (2nd Sep – 3rd Dec 2017)
- The Belfry Centre for the Arts, Overstrand (9th Dec 2017 – 7th Jan 2018)
- Norwich Millennium Library and The Forum (January – February 2018 final dates tbc)
- Sheringham Museum (6th June – 23rd September 2018)
Don’t forget that in the meantime you can still buy your copy of our book, Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis from the gift shop at Norwich Castle, and keep up to date with the project here and via our Twitter and Facebook pages.