Olive Edis: A Life in Focus 1876-1955 & The Road to Ypres

6 Jun 2018 – 23 Sep 2018

Event times

Monday-Saturday 10:00-4:30
Sundays 12:00-4:00
Monday openings can differ. Please call ahead to check before setting off.

Cost of entry

Usual admission costs apply

Sheringham Museum

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • The main bus stop in town is approx 10 minutes away, directly opposite the rail station.
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  • Sheringham rail station is approx 10 minutes away.

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The Museum's 2018 Summer Exhibition - an in-depth view of the life of Olive Edis, Sheringham's pioneering photographer
Open from June 6 until Sept 23 - normal museum hours


These vibrant exhibitions cover the life and work of one of the most interesting female photographers of last century. Witty through her letters, innovative and entrepreneurial in her career and independently minded in both her private and public life she brought vitality and empathy to her subjects.

Olive lived in Sheringham for over fifty years with a local studio based in the town but also worked in London.  Coming from a professional family she surprised her contemporaries by photographing fishermen as well as politicians and royalty with equal skill and pleasure.

A thirst for adventure saw her travel to the Far East, and the Amazon and in 1919 she took photographs of British female medical workers in France – this forming the subject matter of The Road to Ypres and ensuring her position as Britain’s first female war photographer.

At home she was the family breadwinner and was an example to her workforce of mainly female employees in a period when career women were the exception to the rule. 

She embraced all the emerging techniques of colour technology and the evidence of her passion is embodied in the collection of work she left behind.

These two exhibitions provide insight into the work and personality of an extraordinary renaissance woman.

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