A Stroll around Diss
March-October, £5 per person (accompanied children under 12 free)
Stroll time: approx. 1.5 hours, start and finish at the Museum
Introducing you to our lovely market town – not just a guided tour! Learn about some of the old buildings, the town’s history, some of its famous people and a lot of interesting things about Diss.
Remember… we put the ROLL into the STROLL for those who rely upon wheels to get around!
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The Shambles - When the Museum building was a butcher's shop
Amongst items on display are the large weighing scales, a frightningly heavy meat cleaver, a bloodied apron, photographs and three 'frails'. Frail was the name given to the rushwork bags that Mr. Anness the butcher provided for carrying meat home. An indication of their age is shown by the printed telephone number on the bag - Diss 105.

Audio-visual
Since last November we have had A/V in the Shambles to demonstrate DVDs on sale in the shop. The facility has also been used to show the Tristram Cary Story and is currently being used to display the story of the Diss Dig.



Permanent Exhibitions

Always on display are the Manning family dolls' house and information about local personalities like Tudor poet-laureate and Diss rector, John Skelton, and Victorian photographer, Cleer Alger.

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Temporary Exhibitions

Details of our temporary exhibitions for 2022 will be available shortly.

Have you a collection you’d like to show?

Send us an email – disscollections@gmail.com and tell us all about it.

2006

Secrets of the Butcher's Attic

 

Church Street

 

Pubs of Diss

 

Betjeman centenary

 

Samplers

 

 

2007

Gaze’s & Frenze

 

DissBorn - a few iconic objects from local people about their life Thelveton Estate, school, gamekeeping History of Town Guide

 

 

2008

Diss Grammar School centenary

 

End of WW1 90th anniversary

 

World War 3

 

Historical Items With a Hint of Mystery

 

 

2009

Thomas Paine

 

The Shambles history

 

Fair Green

 

Banking Scandals

 

Diss Secondary Modern School

 

 

2010

Edwardian Childhood

 

Crippen & Ethel Le Neve

 

Meccano

 

 

2011

Mannings

 

Flints & fossils

 

 

2012

Sport

 

Church School 150th anniversary

 

Friendly Invasion 70th anniversary

 

On the Square: Freemasons

 

Royal commemorations

 

 

2013

Corn Hall

 

Diss Militia, including medal

 

King John & Matilda 800th anniversary

 

Flints & fossils

 

History of life before electricity

 

Brushes

 

 

2014

Airship Days

 

WW1

 

UN International Year of Crystallography

 

Eighteenth Century New Hall porcelain

 

Burston Strike centenary

 

 

2015

Diss Mere

 

Redgrave Estate - Admiral Wilson and WOP Garnham

 

The Heritage Triangle Traders

 

Diss Hospital

 

Lost Sweet Shops of Diss

 

Hats Off - hats and hatpins

 

 

2016

The Roydon Field Mystery

 

Well shod!

 

Wop Garnham & Admiral Wilson

 

WW1 update

 

Hidden Gems

 

A Royal Event

 

The Printed Word

 

100 Years of the Cubs

 

The Heritage Triangle

 

Tristram Cary Tribute

 

 

2017

Norfolk and Seretse Khama

 

The Great War

 

Heritage Triangle

 

Cupiss

 

Diss Rotary Club

 

1937 Coronation

 

The Aldrich Bros Ltd Brush & Mat Factory

 

John Frere’s hand axe discoveries

 

World War 2 

 

Diss Cemetery Worthies

 

The Handwritten Letter

Past Exhibitions

FRIENDS OF DISS MUSEUM
We will be holding the AGM at Quakers Room on Friday 13 May at 3.00pm. Diss Museum collection managers, Daisy and Shirley, will be giving a presentation on Diss Heritage Triangle.
 
THIRD FRIDAY MEETINGS ARE NOW FIRST FRIDAYS
We will now be meeting on the First Friday of the month.
 
VENUE AND TIME CHANGE
We have now changed our venue to Diss & District Bowls Club, Lower Denmark Street, Diss IP22 4BE, this is located behind the Cock Pub on Fair Green. We will now be meeting in the afternoon instead of evenings, meet at 1.30 for 2.00pm start.
 
Full details of the 2022 programme will be posted shortly.

Friday 1st April – Tim Holt-Wilson
THE DOGGERLAND STORY

Discovering a lost European landscape
Tracing Doggerland’s submergence under the North Sea, its changing wildlife landscape and human settlement, all set against a background of changing climate and rising sea levels.

Friday 13th May - A short AGM* will be held before Daisy & Shirley, Diss Museum Collections Managers present:
DISS LACE ASSOCIATION
Diss Lace Association was set up in 1901 by a group of well connected women to provide an income for local, less fortunate women. Miss Alice Braithwaite Savory was involved from the beginning until the Association closed in 1937. Through a unique donation, by her great grand niece, we will tell the story of how Diss Lace won gold and silver medals and gained Royal patronage owing to its exquisite work.
*Free entry for people attending the AGM only.

Friday 1st July - Tony Diamond
THE HIJACKING OF EDITH CAVELL
Since her execution in 1915, the image and the message of Edith Cavell has been perverted and hijacked by many to service their own warped agenda. Where does the truth lie?

Friday 5th August  - Jenni Neill
THE DEVIL’S DYE

A blend of historical fact with folklore, creating a powerful fictional love story set in the 16th century.  It follows the true events of immigrants from the Low Countries who came to live in Norwich.

Friday 2nd September – Nicky Reynolds
WOMEN OF THE LAND ARMY

The challenges and achievements of a group of women who 'broke' ground to help shape our agricultural heritage. known affectionately as Land Girls. You will  have the chance to see and feel up close some of their uniforms, as well as ask questions and exchange memories.

Friday 4th November- David & Avril
THE QUIZ

David & Avril are back with their lighthearted fun quiz.
Plus the popular Mince Pies for All!

 

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