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Tea and Talks
Olive Edis and the Castle Keep Project

  • 9 December 2016 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Castle Museum, Norwich
  • Free for EAAF Members - Join Now

Our afternoon focuses on two exciting Heritage Lottery funded projects centred in our region. 

Fisherman and Kings:The Photography of Olive Edis

This exhibition celebrates, for the first time, the work of Olive Edis, a pioneering photographer whose career spanned 50 years. Based in portrait studios in Sheringham, Cromer, Farnham and in London, her images captured the range of English society, from royalty to fishermen’s wives. Edis’ career as a professional photographer was ground-breaking - emblematic of the transformation of the role of women in Edwardian society. Equally radical were her technical innovations and she was an early exponent of colour photography. Edis’ work is held in both national and international collections, yet the vast majority of her plates, prints and archive are held at the Cromer Museum, North Norfolk. We are delighted that Alistair Murphy, Curator of the Cromer Museum, will give us a tour of his exhibition.

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England

We then look to the future with a talk from John Davies, Chief Curator, who is leading the Keep redevelopment, awarded £462,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund this year, with a further £8.7 million earmarked for the project. John will describe the vision and ambition for the transformation of the Castle Keep and a new complementary British Museum Gallery of the Medieval Period. The revitalised Keep, displayed and interpreted as a Norman royal palace, is expected to open to the public by 2020.  This talk will give us the opportunity to hear the very latest of these immensely exciting plans!


2.00pmMeet in the Castle Rotunda for your first talk
2.45pmTea, Madeira and Cake in the Rotunda
3.15pmSecond Talk
4.00pmClose
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