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Cromer Museum

Cromer Museum

After a bracing seaside walk, why not step inside Cromer Museum. Have a look around the cosy Victorian fisherman's cottage and imagine what it was like to live in Cromer at the end of the 19th Century.

Delve into the 'Old Cromer' Gallery with its displays of historic photographs and illustrations of the town. Discover Cromer's history as a Victorian seaside resort with its fine hotels and scandal of mixed bathing. Learn about the daring rescues of Henry Blogg and the Cromer lifeboatmen.

New for 2017

Olive Edis

Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, a new permanent display celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Olive Edis.

The new galleries are the culmination of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Olive Edis Project to raise awareness of this remarkable woman. They follow on from the ground-breaking showing of her work in the temporary exhibition of the same name which ran at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 8 October 2016 to 22 January 2017.

Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century. At the height of her career she photographed the full spectrum of British society, from local fishermen and their families to prime ministers, royalty, scientists and artists. She was an exceptional portrait artist, a pioneer of new technologies, a successful business owner, and the first British woman to be appointed as an official war photographer.

Now, for the first time, Fishermen & Kings at Cromer Museum provides a permanent tribute to this fine artist, and a rich resource for the public who want to explore her work in more depth.

Throughout 2017 and 2018 a travelling exhibition of Edis’ war work, The Road to Ypres: The War Photography of Olive Edis, will also tour around museums in Norfolk and further afield. Find out more and keep up to date with the project by following our blog or browse the full collection online.

For more information on the project, please contact Alistair Murphy, Curator of Cromer Museum or Liz Elmore, Project Assistant.

Local History Booklets

Cromer Museum has published a number of local history guides which are available to buy from the museum shop or by post.

Our latest title is “The Danish Pavillion”, a history of a much missed Overstrand house (£2.50). Other recent titles are "Railways of Cromer", which gives a history of the development of rail and its effect on the seaside town (£2.95), “Locker-Lampson”, which tells the story of the local commander who sheltered Albert Einstein from the Nazis (£2.50), and “Cromer Crabs and Fishing Around the Year”, which provides a brief history of crab fishing in Cromer (£1.50). Also revised and updated recently is a biography of Lord Cromer, who ran Egypt for some 10 years at the turn of the 19th century. The effect of his rule is still felt today, reflected in the recent ongoing events there.

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A friend and I dressed up and posed as Victorians in the bedroom. We scared her Mum.