VENUE: Diss & District Bowls Club, Lower Denmark Street, Diss IP22 4BE. This is located behind the Cock Inn on Fair Green. Plenty of free parking available.
Meeting start time: 2.00 pm

Friday 3rd March – Basil Abbott
REMEMBERING DISS PICTURE HOUSE
Basil will be bringing to life the story of Diss Picture House exactly 50 years to the day of its closure.  He has a treasure trove of local folk’s memories of the picture house and what it meant to them. He will also be outlining the wonderful events he has planned for our
Grand Opening on Saturday 11th March*

Friday 5th May - A short AGM* will be held before Bob Rogers talk on:
PADDLE STEAMERS OF LONDON & THE EAST COAST

The introduction of Paddle Steamers, like the Trams, was a major social event that affected the lives of people as well as providing them with a form of transport. Paddle Steamers gave people a chance to get away from the smoke and slums of the cities for a day. 
*Free entry for people attending the AGM only.

Friday 2nd June - Tony Diamond
THE SHIPPING FORECAST

The Shipping Forecast is heard four times daily by millions of people across the British Isles. 95% of the people who tune in don’t understand it, but everybody likes it and nobody complains. What do you think?

Friday 7th July – Lois Willoughby-Easter 
WOMEN IN POLICING

Author of ‘A Girl in Blue’ Lois Willoughby-Easter was a WPC in the 70’s, she will recount how young female police officers faced what would be seen today as sexism and bullying, they eventually earned the respect of their male peers, albeit grudgingly.

Friday 11th August
THE DETECTORISTS
Have you ever wondered what treasures may lie under your feet?


Friday 1st September– Nicky Reynolds
LUMBERJILLS – WOMEN  IN FORESTRY

When war was declared in 1939, the British timber trade was in trouble. Enter the Lumberjills who proved them-selves as strong and as smart as any man.

Friday 6th October – Tim Holt-Wilson
A Mere 10,000 years

The mud of Diss Mere contains an archive of sediments and microfossils stretching back over 10,000 years. This talk will explain some of the scientific findings.

Friday 3rd November- David & Avril
THE QUIZ

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

Friday 1st December- David Mitchell
HOW OUR FARMING SKILLS ARE BEING LOS
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David has been farming in Winfarthing for over 70 years. His talk reviews many farming skills that were essential at one time and laments how they are being lost fast.

Saturday 9th December - Ray Hubbard
THE LAST NORFOLK HORSEMAN

Come along to hear Ray’s treasure trove of wonderful memories that help bring bygone Norfolk back to life.

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!
View the event poster



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

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

2024 Programme of meetings

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