A major project to repair and improve a Norfolk town’s Grade II listed museum is set to start at the end of this week after the museum’s trustees secured listed building consent for the work.

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Diss Museum’s Shambles building in the Market Place is set to be renovated as part of a £30,000 scheme which will include redecorating rotten woodwork on the outside and repairs to the internal ventilation.

Trustee Frank Howard said: “It will preserve the long term future of the building to ensure the museum can continue to operate in the town centre and for the town it will mean having an attractive building in the middle of the Market Place.”

He said an urgent drainage problem with the building had arisen last winter which made the renovations a priority.

As well as the repairs to the ventilation the cement render on the outside of the building, which has become damp, will be removed to expose the brickwork underneath, which will be repaired and repainted as necessary.

A new trench will be created around the outside of the museum to take run off water to the drains, wguttering and pipework on the outside will be replaced with larger versions and the exterior will be repainted and small repairs will be carried out to the roof.

Mr Howard said the internal work would take two weeks, while the outside renovations were expected to take one or two months.

Funding for the work has come from a £21,500 South Norfolk Council grant, £5,000 from the Diss Surveyors Allotment Charity, £2,000 from Diss Town Council, £2,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation, a grant giving body and £600 from the Friends of Diss Museum.

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