18th century underwear day in Diss

Celia WiggA day devoted to 18th-century underwear is the next event in Diss museum's Tom Paine Festival celebrating the bicentenary of the death of the famous Norfolk son who worked in the town as a staymaker.Celia Wigg

A day devoted to 18th-century underwear is the next event in Diss museum's Tom Paine Festival celebrating the bicentenary of the death of the famous Norfolk son who worked in the town as a staymaker.

Expert Ian Chipperfield will be at the United Reformed Church from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, January 24. He will give talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm but visitors can drop in at anytime during the day.

Mere Musica will provide background music and refreshments will be available. Entry is free.

Later this month, the music, poetry, novels, plays and non-fiction of the era provide the raw material for an 18th-century evening at the Friends' Meeting House in Diss. Actors will read from the great works of the day, while harpist Elaine Halton and singing group Rough at the Edges provide the music.

It takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday, January 31. Admission is �2 at the door, with refreshments provided, and people are encouraged to dress in costume, although it is not essential.

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