Commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI in 2018 the Corn Hall will be hosting 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 Poppy-Making Drop-Ins
Join us for a series of free poppy making drop-in sessions in honour of the fallen Diss soldiers to culminate in an artistic installation at the Corn Hall. Learn about individual Diss soldiers.
10 October, 10am – 4pm
20 October, 2pm – 4pm
18 October – 27 October, 10am – 4pm (October Half Term Holidays free drop-in workshops)
Art of the First World War Talk
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.
Sweethearts of Swing
A sentimental tribute during the centenary of WWI to the popular songs of the time promises to take you on a trip down memory lane, including singalong sections and plenty of audience participation! 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.
There But Not There
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas Farthing: Visual War Diaries
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 who articulates his thoughts and feelings about modern warfare through prints and manuscript records. 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 to find out more about some of the experiences and stories from Diss in 1914-8!
Or download a copy here: WWI Commemorative Booklet