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.
In August 2015, Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) was awarded an £81,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to tell the fascinating story of Olive Edis, Britain’s first official female war photographer.
Cromer Museum holds the largest collection of Edis' work, consisting of over 2000 glass plate negatives, prints and rare autochromes, the first commercially available colour photographs.
With this grant and additional funding from the Friends of Cromer Museum and Norfolk Museums Development Foundation, the Olive Edis project aims to raise the profile of this extraordinary woman through outreach and learning programmes, talks, workshops and more. There will also be exciting new opportunities to see Edis’ work on display.
March 2017 will see the opening of new Edis displays at Cromer Museum, and throughout 2017 a travelling exhibition will tour around museums in Norfolk and further afield. A large solo exhibition of her work opens at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery on 8 October 2016, which will include photographs from the Cromer collection as well as material from the Imperial War Museum, National Portrait Gallery and National Media Museum.
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.
Congratulations! we have come from France and discovered Cromer with your museum.
A friend and I dressed up and posed as Victorians in the bedroom. We scared her Mum.