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Diss Museum to be opened by TV Flog It! Presenter Elizabeth Talbot

PUBLISHED: 11:51 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:38 06 March 2018

Diss Museum which will re-open for the Summer on Saturday, March 10

Diss Museum which will re-open for the Summer on Saturday, March 10

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A popular museum which charts the past of one of Norfolk’s most historic market towns is to be re-opened by an auctioneer from one of TV’s best known antique shows.

On Saturday, March 10, TV antiques personality Elizabeth Talbot will officially open Diss Museum for the Summer season.

Best known for her appearance on the BBC one program Flog It! Elizabeth Talbot started her antiques career in the 1980s, becoming the youngest female auctioneer in the country.

Since then she has built up more than 30 years worth of experience as a valuer and auctioneer and is now a partner of the Diss-based auction house TW Gaze and Co.

Located in the Market Place, the small but award winning Diss Museum charts the long and varied history of Diss and the surrounding villages.

Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, each year the museum is open to the public from March to November.

New exhibitions for the 2018 season include a feature on the 1893 Roydon Riots, the Woman’s Land Army who played a vital role on the home front during WWII and the Mere Players, an amateur dramatics company with more than 34-years worth of history.

Permanent exhibitions and displays such as the ever changing community cabinet which features items and artefacts loaned to the museum by the community and information boards featuring some of the town’s most well-known historical characters and industries will also be on view.

A spokesperson for the museum said; “The museum goes from success to success, we have extended the opening hours and we are hoping this year will be even more successful than last and that’s all down to our volunteers.”

“Diss is a fantastic place, and many of the buildings in the Heritage Triangle go back to the 16th Century.”

The museum will officially re-opened to the public at 11am on Saturday, March 10.

In previous years the museum has been opened by rock star and ‘YES’ keyboardist, Rick Wakeman and Dad’s Army actor Ian Lavender.

For more information on the museum, current and past exhibitions and information on how to become a volunteer visit: www.dissmuseum.co.uk.

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