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Why I love Diss; Basil Abbott explains why he loves the historic market town

PUBLISHED: 16:06 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:12 18 April 2018

Diss Museum manager Basil Abbott,  Picture: Ian Burt

Diss Museum manager Basil Abbott, Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2018

Nestled in the heart of the Heritage Triangle, Diss Museum is an award winning community museum, charting the history of one of South Norfolk’s most historic market towns.

Featuring an ever changing range of displays the Tardis like museum is currently managed by passionate historian Basil Abbott, here, he tells why he loves Diss:

“I manage the museum at the end of the street where I was born. The history of the place is my passion. I like knowing that Tudor poet- laureate John Skelton was rector; that Rights of Man author Thomas Paine worked here as a staymaker.

“That one of the Manning family was the first European to meet the Dalai Lama; that Dr Crippen’s mistress Ethel Le Neve was born here; that men of the town died in all the 20th century wars; that American airmen came nearby and set off on their bombing missions and that poet-laureate John Betjeman made a film here.

“We, too, are history makers. The things we do contribute to the fabric and culture of the town. The museum nurtures culture, heritage and pride of place. It is the prime keeper of the flame.”

Would you like to tell us why you love Diss? If so email: sabrina.johnson@archant.co.uk

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