Lucy Kayne documents the refurbishment


For just over a year I’ve been lucky enough to witness the evolution of the Corn Hall first hand.Every couple of weeks since the Corn Hall closed for its refurbishment, I’ve donned a hard hat and a huge one-size-fits-all hi-vis vest, and headed on in with my camera.

I was tasked to document the progress, as well as any finer details, and it’s been incredible to see just how much the building has changed. From the early (and quite sad) stages when bulldozers knocked down walls and piles of rubble could be seen everywhere, to smooth lines and the creation of the shell of what the Corn Hall is about to become. As a commercial photographer who is quite addicted to architectural photography, this project has been fascinating.

My relationship with the Corn Hall began when I moved to Diss in 2012. I was in the process of setting up my own photography business, and I was also looking to do some volunteering, so I started helping out with the Arts Award sessions and stewarding. I was then coaxed into running a summer photography workshop (which I absolutely adored and has led to more since) and I also had my very own photography exhibition in the Old Stables.

Although I now live in Bury St Edmunds, I pop over to Diss often, taking great joy in walking down St Nicholas Street amongst the historic buildings and seeing the many friendly faces I know around the town. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.

Lucy Kayne