'When things are gone, they can never be replaced': BBC antiques expert opens museum
PUBLISHED: 17:29 10 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 10 March 2018
The rain held off just long enough for the crowds to gather for the launch of a museum's new season.
Special guest Elizabeth Talbot, known for her appearances on BBC’s Flog It and Bargain Hunt, was roped in to cut the ribbon and officially open Diss Museum for business.
The antiques expert, who has worked at local auctioneers TW Gaze since 1995, said: “Museums are not musty, fusty and dusty but present a link between the past and the future.
“My personal interest is in social antiques from times gone by and how people used to live.
“It is not just the blingy things but the every day items that can’t quite talk to you, but they almost speak to you about our forebears.
“This museum is in such a small building but it is packed with exhibits like this which tell a story of local significance.”
Situated in a building called The Shambles in the market square which was formerly home to two butchers’ shops, Diss Museum opened in its current form in 1993.
The exhibitions tell the story of Diss and the districts going back hundreds of years and soon the museum will be working with the University of Suffolk.
Students will work to create a 3D model of the R34 Air Ship which was the first to do a double crossing of the Atlantic before landing in Pulham.
Museum manager Basil Abbott said: “We have never worked with a university before so this will be very exciting.
“It is like a TARDIS in there, the building may seem small but there is a lot packed in and you could spend a couple of hours going around.”
Before cutting the ribbon, Mrs Talbot appealed for residents and visitors to invest in the museum.
She said: “Please realise what you have, when things are gone they can never be replaced but you have it all here so invest in it, indulge in it and enjoy it.”
Diss Musuem is open from 11am to 3pm every day and run entirely by volunteers.