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Friends of Diss Museum to host talk on the history of farming

PUBLISHED: 10:21 14 June 2018

The official re-opening of the Diss Museum for the 2018 season earlier this year. Picture: Ian Burt

The official re-opening of the Diss Museum for the 2018 season earlier this year. Picture: Ian Burt

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Budding historians are being invited to attend a talk revealing the social history of farming in Norfolk.

It is no secret that East Anglia’s rural landscape has been shaped by centuries of farming, but as a talk taking place in Diss will prove, the region’s social history has been just as heavily influenced by agriculture.

On Friday, June 15, in St Mary’s Church, Philip West will present an illustrated talk on the history of farming in East Anglia. Drawing on his own experience of growing up in the farming community in Hingdringham, near Fakenham during the 1950s and 60s. Mr West will cover general farming processes including preparing land for crops and harvesting. Combining anecdotal evidence with photographs the talk will also touch on the changes to rural village life following the reduction of the agricultural labour force. The talk will start at 7.30pm, tickets are £3 for Friends of Diss Museum and £5 for non-members.

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