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
Always on display are the Old Rectory Doll's House, 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. Outreach activities include: talks to groups and schools, tours of the town (including a Murder Tour) and involvement in 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.
The museum is administered by a registered Charitable Trust and supported by Diss Town Council. Full Registration (Phase 2) has been awarded to the museum by Resource: the Council for Museums, Libraries and Archives, in recognition of long-term commitment to good museum working practice.
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 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday (May – August) 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Museum office and postal address: 11 Market Hill, IP22 4JZ. Tel.: (01379) 650618.