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Diss museum to feature in Friday's episode of Bargain Hunt

Diss residents will appear on BBC One next week as well-known antiques expert and TV presenter Charlie Ross pays a visit to The Grange Musical Collection as part of an upcoming episode of Bargain Hunt.

Ross’ visit to the museum, which contains the largest collection of self-playing instruments in the UK, will be screened on Friday at 11.45am, when he will be given a tour by curator Jonny Ling.

The appearance will be the second time the museum will have featured on the small screen, after BBC Two production Antiques Road Trip paid a visit in August, prompting even more interest from BBC bosses.

The Bargain Hunt team spent around five hours filming at the Grange Musical Collection in Palgrave.(34378955)
The Bargain Hunt team spent around five hours filming at the Grange Musical Collection in Palgrave.(34378955)

Mr Ling, 45, said: “Antiques Road Trip liked it so much that they suggested it to Bargain Hunt.

“The whole crew were here for about five hours in total – we went around the museum, starting off with the smaller items, and then went through the cafe and into the barn where the bigger organs are.

“Then we spoke about Diss Organ Festival, which is another string to the museum’s bow.”

The festival – where the museum’s extensive collection of self-playing organs are put on display along Mere Street – was due to go ahead this month, but had to be cancelled because of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Despite that, visitors to last year’s festival might still catch a glimpse of themselves on the box, as producers asked Mr Ling for footage to use in the upcoming episode.

Mr Ling, who from Palgrave, said: “They asked me to send over a load of pictures from the street scenes of the festival, so theycan use it with a voiceover, showing pictures of the town.

“When Antiques Road Trip was on, I had seven inquires from abroad, so people from all over the world obviously watch these programmes.

“It’s great to get the hobby out in the public domain, because it’s a little slice of history. It’s nice to share sounds of the past, which, thanks to these instruments, can be brought back to life today.”

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