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Reader letter: High praise for Norwich Castle exhibition 'well worth a visit'

PUBLISHED: 14:50 31 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 31 December 2016

Norwich Castle.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Castle. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

The latest exhibition on show at the Norwich Castle Museum, Fishermen and Kings, which shows an expansive range of photos taken by the late local photographer Olive Eldis, is equal to any of the other exhibitions the museum has put on for some time.

The photos on view in the exhibition range from portraits of the poor in our society in the early 1900s to the middle class, on to royalty and future kings.

Also shown are some wonderful pictures of family groups of the poor, posing not in their Sunday best, but in their ordinary clothes they wore day to day.

This includes the torn aprons of the women, something I am sure you would have never have persuaded my great-grandmother or grandmother to ever do.

The portraits of the old fishermen stand out for me because Olive somehow miraculously got them to all pose with such a genuine warm smile on their faces which was in contrast to the hard lives they all led at home and the terrible conditions they faced daily when out fishing.

The exhibition goes on until some time in January and is well worth a visit, especially as she was one of us and has never been given the recognition her work deserves.

Congratulations to all for this latest exhibition and roll on to the next one.

David M Coe, Rosebery Road, Norwich

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