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Airship centenary celebration highlight of Diss Museum new season

PUBLISHED: 12:01 13 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:01 13 February 2019

A major exhibition marking the centenary of the record-breaking trans-Atlantic flights of the R34 Airbus will be the centrepiece of the 2019 porogramme at Diss Museum. Picture: Diss Museum

A major exhibition marking the centenary of the record-breaking trans-Atlantic flights of the R34 Airbus will be the centrepiece of the 2019 porogramme at Diss Museum. Picture: Diss Museum

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A major exhibition celebrating the centenary of an airship's record-breaking flight, hand embroidered replica scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry and a showcase of a famous Diss brush factory are among the highlights of the 2019 season at Diss Museum.

Diss Museum re-opens in March with many new acquisitions set to go on display. Picture: Archant LibraryDiss Museum re-opens in March with many new acquisitions set to go on display. Picture: Archant Library

The museum, which re-opens to the public in March, has revealed its programme of temporary exhibitions and new exhibits that will go on show the first time.

The major 2019 exhibition will mark the centenary of the R34 Airbus. In July 1919 the famous dirigible flew from Scotland to Long Island and back to Pulham.

Museums around the world are joining Diss in celebrating this record-breaking aviation feat — the first double flight across the Atlantic.

Inside Diss Museum which re-opens to the public in March with new exhibits that will go on show the first time. Picture: Ian BurtInside Diss Museum which re-opens to the public in March with new exhibits that will go on show the first time. Picture: Ian Burt

Local schools, art, textile and modelling groups have contributed to the display, with interactive work by the University of Suffolk students. There will be events on the centenary weekend of July 13-14.

From over 60 new acquisitions the museum made in 2018 a selection will be on show including a First World War needlepoint cushion cover made by Mr W Flatman of Brockdish, a box Brownie camera and four hand-made wooden jigsaws with illustrations by H. St. Winslade.

There will also be the chance to see school badges from The Entry House School, Diss, and an Aldrich family photographs and letter.

Aldrich and Brothers Brushes on display in Diss Museum. A showcase of the factory will feature in 2019. Picture: Sabrina JohnsonAldrich and Brothers Brushes on display in Diss Museum. A showcase of the factory will feature in 2019. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

The 1960 Christmas Price List from Cuthbert’s wines and spirits shop in Mere Street was also a new acquisition and a display is being created of what was on offer – at original seasonal 1960 prices.

There will be a new showcase of Aldrich Bros. Brush Factory along with items used and made at the family-run factory.

Meanwhile the first display in the community cabinet (from March to May) will show examples of hand embroidered replica scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry. This will be followed by a glimpse into a lifetime of buying from local auctions and sales – a miscellany of weird, wonderful and everyday objects. Later in the year it will host a cabinet of curiosities – mystery objects designed to set visitors thinking.

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