Diss Museum is situated in the Market Place in a building called The Shambles, formerly two butchers' shops. There are a variety of displays, frequently changed, about the history of the town and area.
Always on display are the Old Rectory Doll's House, (click here
for pictures) old photos and jottings from the Memory Bank. Local firms like Cupiss, Aldrich, Anness and Gaze have all been featured. Panels in the windows depict significant characters and events from the town's past.
The Museum Curator is Basil Abbott who oversees the day to day running of the Museum, and the creation of new displays. He also is involved in outreach activities including: talks to groups and schools, tours of the town (including a Murder Tour) and events like the Roydon Riots Centenary (1993), Skelton Festival (2004), Nelson Bi-centenary ( 2005), Betjeman Centenary (2006), Local History Festival (2007) and the Thomas Paine Bi-centenary (2009). Interest is promoted by regular columns in the local newspaper and community magazine. Basil’s contribution to the Museum and the town of Diss has been acknowledged through a number of awards which he has received. Click here
The museum is administered by a registered Charitable Trust and supported by Diss Town Council.
In 2012 Accreditation was awarded by the Arts Council. Accreditation is the UK standard for museums and galleries. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development, helping to guide museums to be the best they can be.
The day-to-day running of the museum is largely by volunteers. The Friends of Diss Museum provide stewards and financial support for special projects.
The museum is open from mid-March to the end of October. Admission is free.
Wednesday & Thursday 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday & Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday (May – August) 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Museum office and postal address: 11 Market Hill, IP22 4JZ. Tel.: (01379) 650618. e-mail email@example.com website:dissconnected.net