Memories of the Corn Hall’s past

The band at a 1953 Coronation celebration in Diss Corn Hall
The band at a 1953 Coronation celebration in Diss Corn Hall
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The place of Diss Corn Hall in the history of the town and surrounding area is brought to life in an exhibition there next month.

Organised and curated by Alun Howkins honorary professor in the School of History at UEA, the exhibition, from November 1 to 30, will feature documentation of the Hall’s history as a trading place and place of work alongside its role as a venue for pleasure and entertainment.

A kaleidoscope of what went on in the hall in the recent past, the display will include photographs, like this one of a 1953 coronation band, memorabilia and memories of people who used the hall over the years. Some are from books and newspapers but many are the spoken histories of people from Diss and the surrounding area.

The organisers want also want anyone with a memory of the hall to help them fill in the gaps and to begin to create a living archive that will live in the newly refurbished Corn Hall and in Diss Museum.