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Photographic pioneer's work now on permanent display at Cromer Museum

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Olive Edis was ahead of her time. 

The Norfolk photographer captured everything from the fishermen off the coast to prime ministers, royalty and writers.

Many of her photos were in colour. 

Now a new exhibition of her work is to go on permanent display at Cromer Museum.

Olive Edis
Norfolk Museums Service

At the same time, a new touring exhibition exploring her photography is opening at the North Norfolk District Council offices.

Edis - who had a studio in Sheringham - is regarded as the first female war photographer, travelling to France to capture the battlefields in 1918. 

She was commissioned by the National War Museum, now the Imperial War Museum, to photograph women at war.  

She died in 1955 at the age of 79.

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