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Sweep up history at day of celebration of Diss brush making

PUBLISHED: 11:50 14 September 2018

Oxblood Molly who will performing the broom dance is Diss. Picture: Tony Pick/Diss Corn Hall

Oxblood Molly who will performing the broom dance is Diss. Picture: Tony Pick/Diss Corn Hall

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Brush making was an important Norfolk industry for centuries; providing work for thousands of men and woman and Diss was at there centre of it. This weekend marks a special celebration of this history.

Maz Jackson artwork The Brush Maker part of the A Brush With The Past exhibition. Picture: Diss Corn HallMaz Jackson artwork The Brush Maker part of the A Brush With The Past exhibition. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

The history of this industry has inspired the exhibition, A Brush With The Past, at Diss Corn Hall. Now to coincide with National Heritage Open Days the exhibition finale will boast a whole host of free brush making themed events taking place on Saturday, September 15.

In the morning there will be the Harleston-based Oxblood Molly dancers performing the East Anglian broom dance at 11am in Diss Market Place. Then in the Corn Hall yard from 12.30pm, they will demonstrating and teaching the dance.

In the Waveney Room throughout the day, there will be screenings of archive footage of brush making and the films created by A Brush with the Past project participants.

Aldrich brush making factory in Diss remembered in A Brush With The Pat. Picture: Diss Corn HallAldrich brush making factory in Diss remembered in A Brush With The Pat. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

Other events include a drop-in family workshop from 10am-2pm where you will be able to create a cardboard version of David Kindersley’s Aldrich Bros brush factory sculpture, now on Roydon village hall.

There will also be a talk by Jess Johnston titled History of Brush Making in South Norfolk from 12pm-12.30pm. Book through the box office 01379 652241.

Families can also take the Brushes Trail by picking up a trail brochure (available at the Corn Hall box office) and explore Diss to discover the remaining links to its brush making past.

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