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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Programme of speakers
Every third Friday, Friends of the Museum can enjoy a lecture from a different speaker.
2019’s events will be available shortly.

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.

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 2019.

Major exhibition - centenary of the R34 Airbus

The main exhibition commemorates the R34 airship centenary. In July 1919 the dirigible flew from Scotland to Long Island and back to Pulham. Museums around the world are joining Diss in celebrating this aviation feat. Local schools, art, textile and modelling groups have contributed to the display, with interactive work by the University of Suffolk students. There will be events on the centenary weekend, 13th/14th July.

R34 airship centenary

From over 60 new acquisitions in 2018 a selection will be on show, including:

WW1 needlepoint cushion cover made by Mr W Flatman of Brockdish
Box Brownie camera
Four hand-made wooden jigsaws with illustrations by H. St. Winslade
School badges from The Entry House School, Diss
Aldrich family photographs and letter

Working the land by hand
Following the exhibition at Diss Corn Hall, from January 16th to February 23rd, many of the items will be on show for the rest of the season in the Museum.

The Cuthbert Stores
The 1960 Christmas Price List from Cuthbert’s wines and spirits shop in Mere Street was a new acquisition in 2108 and a display is being created of what was on offer – at original seasonal 1960 prices.

Aldrich Bros. Brush Factory
Showcasing the family business along with items used and made at the factory.

Community Cabinet
The first display (March to May) will show examples of hand embroidered replica scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry.    This will be followed by a glimpse into a lifetime of buying from local auctions and sales – a miscellany of weird, wonderful and everyday objects. Later in the year it will host a cabinet of curiosities – mystery objects to set you thinking.

There could be an opportunity for one further display – get in touch to book a slot!


Secrets of the Butcher's Attic


Church Street


Pubs of Diss


Betjeman centenary






Gaze’s & Frenze


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




Diss Grammar School centenary


End of WW1 90th anniversary


World War 3


Historical Items With a Hint of Mystery




Thomas Paine


The Shambles history


Fair Green


Banking Scandals


Diss Secondary Modern School




Edwardian Childhood


Crippen & Ethel Le Neve








Flints & fossils






Church School 150th anniversary


Friendly Invasion 70th anniversary


On the Square: Freemasons


Royal commemorations




Corn Hall


Diss Militia, including medal


King John & Matilda 800th anniversary


Flints & fossils


History of life before electricity






Airship Days




UN International Year of Crystallography


Eighteenth Century New Hall porcelain


Burston Strike centenary




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




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




Norfolk and Seretse Khama


The Great War


Heritage Triangle




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

Agricultural-workers-early C20th

Agriculture has long been a mainstay of Diss and the local area, with a rich tradition of handcrafted tools.

Diss Museum has a small but important collection of implements used to work the land by hand; before machines were developed to do the work more quickly and efficiently.

On display are a wide range of hand tools along with items relating to agricultural workers unions, rural poverty and hardship, the role of the Corn Hall, a local agricultural engineering firm and how working the land was part of the school curriculum.

Some of the exhibits will also go on display at Diss Museum for the March - October 2019 season.

Working the Land by Hand
Diss Museum on Tour

at Diss Corn Hall
January 16th - February 23rd 2019

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