Diss Museum celebrates family of rectors

The story of a family of Norfolk rectors will be told in Diss Museum's latest project.

A host of events are planned to commemorate the Manning family who were rectors in the south Norfolk town for 138 years.

The 'Friends in High Places' festival marks the bicentenary of Thomas Manning's journey across the Himalayas to meet the Dalai Lama, the first European to do so and the last for a further century.

From the time of the American War of Independence to the First World War, four members of the Manning family held the position of rector.

Former solicitor Robert Manning, of Diss, and great-great nephew of Thomas Manning recently fetched a bust and portrait from the Royal Asiatic Society, as a loan to the museum.

He also played his own grandfather, Charles Upwood Manning, in a church service on Sunday, March 6, when the family history was re-enacted.

The festival, which runs until October, includes talks, exhibitions, food events, films and appearances by a woman Everest mountaineer, the Dalai Lama's London representative and the Tashi Llunpo monks.

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