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.
Click here to view details of 2018 speakers.

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

Currently exhibiting is a this Brush Factory display, which complements the project currently on at the Corn Hall - 'A Brush with the Past', which will run until September 2018 and incorporates the Heritage Days.

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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

Van Diemens Land
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T E Lawrence

The Man Who Got Away With Murder
The author of a book about a criminal who was convicted more than a hundred times will be speaking in Diss.
Organised by Diss Museum.
Friday, 21 September, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Hall, Mount Street.
Tickets £5 on the door.

History of Wherry Maud told in Diss
The fascinating past of Wherry Maud, one of only two trading wherries left on the Broads, was the subject of a talk in Diss.

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