Work of Britain’s First Female War Photographer to be Showcasted Online

Heritage Lottery Fund will spend £81 000 for a unified online archive of the works of Olive Edis.

With the £81 000 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, the Norfolk Museums Service aims to create a digital archive of Olive Edis works, a female photographer who worked in the Western Front at the end of WWI. It is expected that the archive will be working by October 2015, The Guardian reports.

Olive Edis was born in 1876 in Norfolk County and made a name for herself taking portraits of a wide variety of subjects, from Norfolk fishermen to the royal family. She also took portraits of many British celebrities of the time: Prime Minister Lloyd George, Prince Albert, the first female MP Nancy Astor, as well as the poet and novelist Thomas Hardy.

Edis’ works are showcasted in numerous galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Heritage Lottery Fund is a non-departmental public body overseen by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It distrubtes the share of income from the National lottery to support British heritage: museums, parks, historical places, archaeological projects and environment.


{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/edis_01.jpeg”, “text”: “Ypres Cloth Hall in Belgium in 1919, shortly after the end of the first world war.”},
{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/edis_02.jpeg”, “text”: “Writer Thomas Hardy.”},
{“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/edis_03.jpeg”, “text”: “Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons.”}

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