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A Brush with the Past Celebration Event

Venue: The Corn Hall

Did you or a member of your family work in a local brush factory? Do you remember the factory hooters ringing people into work? Join us to hear a short history of the areas brush making industry, see archive footage of brush making and to launch the Brush with the Past project's exhibitions and films.

10.30am Free tea, coffee, cake and refreshments on arrival in the Waveney room, with a chance to see archive footage of brush making.

11am-12 noon in the Main Hall

  • A brief history of the brush making industry in South Norfolk by local historian Colin Howey
  • Inspired by their investigations into the local brush making industry, local students explain and present their creations:
  • Stop-motion animation films by Year 5 students from Roydon Primary School
  • A documentary film exploring Diss’ brush making past and speculating on the future for industry in the town produced by a group of Diss teenagers in conjunction with MTM Youth Services.
  • A Brush with the Past - Year 8  Wymondham College students artwork that has been created in collaboration with artist Maz Jackson.

12.15-12.45 in the Waveney Room, the artist Maz Jackson chats about the techniques used to create her vibrant paintings

Brushes Trail

4 July–15 September - Throughout Diss

Why not pick up a trail brochure (available at the Corn Hall box office) and explore Diss to discover the remaining links to its brush making past?

This community project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery fund and co-ordinated by Eastern Region Media CIC