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How to brighten up a vacant town shop

Diss, Nofolk. Basil Abbott outside the old Blockbuster Video shop which is being used for part of the Diss Museum displays ANL-140503-153313001

Diss, Nofolk. Basil Abbott outside the old Blockbuster Video shop which is being used for part of the Diss Museum displays ANL-140503-153313001

Here’s one way to brighten up a closed down shop in Diss town centre.

With new exhibits already filling up Diss Museum ready for its 2014 opening next week, a collaboration with a local landlord has seen the former Blockbuster video shop in St Nicholas Street play host to an extra attraction.

Museum manager Basil Abbott contacted the landlord, Len Ramsbotham, who agreed the travelling exhibition on the History of Market towns could feature in the former shop.

Mr Abbott said: “It is a very striking display of pop-up banners that will create interest and help in the regeneration of that part of the town.”

The museum, in Market Place, opens on Wednesday with the days of Pulham’s grand airships a main feature.

A huge model of the R34 airship on loan from the Fleet Air Arm Museum is a showpiece attraction.

Another unusual item is the maquette, or model, of a controversial 1950s sculpture by Lynn Chadwick.

He was commissioned to commemorate the R34; but his work proved too innovative and was rejected. Lord Brabazon said that it looked like “a diseased haddock”.

Another unique item is a ladder from the R34 airship, loaned by a local antiques dealer, and visible on one of the old photographs.

The First World War features strongly in another exhibition, using memorabilia loaned by local collector Martin Mayhew. The centenary of the Burston Strike is also featured.

Entry is free and the museum opens on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, all day Friday and Saturday.

 

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