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Exhibition, Sat 15 Dec 2018 - Sat 14 Sep 2019, £3.80-£4.50

Self portrait by Olive Edis. Autochrome, c.1912

Self portrait by Olive Edis. Autochrome, c.1912

Self portrait by Olive Edis. Autochrome, c.1912. Copyright Cromer Museum, part of Norfolk Museums Service.


White Hart Street,
IP24 1AA


An exhibition to celebrate the life and work of pioneering British photographer Olive Edis (1876-1955) opens at Ancient House, Museum of Thetford Life on Saturday 15 December 2018 and runs until Saturday 14 September 2019.

Although relatively unknown, Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the first half of the 20th century and the first-ever accredited female war photographer. The breadth of her subjects, from British royalty and aristocracy to the characterful faces of the fisherman of North Norfolk, together with her highly atmospheric photographs of the battlefields of France and Flanders taken during her time as an official World War One war photographer, raise her to international status.

The exhibition, Olive Edis: Photographer, is part of the on-going Olive Edis project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to share with the world and boost awareness of Edis’ inspirational life and work.

The exhibition features more than 60 rare photographs taken by Edis between the years of 1900 and 1955. The work is presented thematically starting with an introduction to Olive Edis and then looks at her photographic technique and technical expertise. Another section examines her skill in portraiture, which offers a rare glimpse into both the high society of the day and the more simple life of East Anglian fisherman. ‘Votes for Women’ is another section featuring the Pankhursts and pioneering elected female politicians Nancy Astor and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. As an entrepreneur and ground-breaker Edis herself was a 'new woman'. Not only did she exemplify the emancipation of women and their changing role in society in her own life, she also recorded it. In addition, Edis’ remarkable war work provides another important theme.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 15 Dec 2018 - Sat 14 Sep 2019


Admission Charges:
Adult £4.50;
Conc. £4.25;
Child £3.80.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 15 Dec - Sat 14 Sep Olive Edis: Photographer



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Map reference: TL 869832  Lat: 52.41484 Long: 0.74673

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The Ancient House is in Thetford's historic town centre. We are a five minute walk from the railway station and two minutes from the main shopping street with cafes and sandwich shops.


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  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
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  • Children welcomeChildren welcome