The Corn Hall Presents Diss in WWI

The Corn Hall presents Diss in WWI.

Commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI in 2018 we are pleased to be able to bring to the Corn Hall a series of events and activities which explore Diss in WWI.

This project has been kindly supported by Norfolk Community Foundation who have generously funded part of this programme of activities. Join us as we remember those that fought for freedom in WWI. 




Commemorative Poppy Installation – FREE Workshops.

Join us for a series of free poppy making workshops in honour of the fallen Diss soldiers to culminate in an artistic installation at the Corn Hall. Learn about individual Diss soldiers who served in the War and are commemorated on the cenotaph at St Mary’s Church.

10 October, 10am – 4pm

20 October, 2pm – 4pm

18 October – 27 October, 10am – 4pm (October Half Term Holidays free drop-in workshops)


Learn about how WWI inspired creativity with a talk by local art historian Tania Harrington as she looks at British art and artists during WWI. Book tickets here.

Sing-along to war-time favourites with The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band Sweethearts of Swing on 20 October. Get you tickets here.

Enjoy magnificent adaptation of R. C. Sheriff’s real life experiences of the trenches with recently released Journey’s End (12A). Book tickets here.

With special thanks for the Rotary Club of Diss Waveney we’re pleased to announce that we’ll host the ‘There but Not There’ Tommy as part of a national commemoration project, with money raised partly by funds from the Rotary’s event held at the Corn Hall over the summer. Find out more about the project here.

As part of our WWI centenary commemoration the Corn Hall will be running a series of schools outreach activities exploring the role of the Corn Hall in WWI, how life changed for Diss soldiers and how we remember today. If you’re interested in getting involved in this project please email [email protected]

Running alongside we also have exhibition Drawing Soldier: Douglas Farthing’s Visual War Diaries who served as a soldier in the British Army for 30 years and is now a Reservist in the 1 Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment – an amalgamation of the former Royal Norfolk and Royal Suffolk Regiment. He articulates his thoughts and feelings about modern warfare through prints and accompanying manuscript records of his experience. At the Corn Hall 3 November until 1 December. Find out more here.


Don’t forget to pick up your FREE commemorative ‘Diss in WWI’ booklet from the Corn Hall to find out more about some of the experiences and stories from Diss in 1914-8!