It was as recent as 1998 that the Corn Hall ceased to trade as a corn market, one of the last in the country, but there have always been other activities in the Hall. Victorian times saw bazaars and choral concerts while the Waveney Room was used as registry office, magistrate’s court and later as Council Chamber, and everything from boxing to discos kept the Hall alive in the 20th century.
Visitors can explore the building to find our new displays which tell the story of the building, which has been a landmark in the Diss community for over 160 years.
On the first floor there are exciting new displays where you can travel back in time to see how the Heritage Triangle, the area around the Corn Hall, might have looked in 1380, 1520, 1637, 1838 and 1880 with the aid of 3D computer models, sounds and animations. Don’t miss the “The Museum on Tour” display cases in which Diss Museum share some of its collection to Corn Hall visitors.
There is also a new heritage resource area, with open access computers, which enable people to research local history.
The Heritage Triangle project is a £3.4million programme to regenerate the historic centre of Diss. It is largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and town, district and county councils.