NORFOLK Museums Service
Second World War Evacuees - KS2 History

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 4DR

Generations of Norfolk children have visited and loved Gressenhall. This museum of rural life is housed in an iconic building set in 50 beautiful acres of countryside. It is renowned for its living history events which bring the past to life for school children of all ages.

Sandford Award for Heritage Education Winner 2012

“Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse offers and active and fun schools learning programme for all ages. The hands on sessions engage and inspire school groups.”

The Essentials

    • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge holder

    • Learning programme offer: Reception and Key Stage 1 | Key Stage 2 | Secondary Schools

    • Special Educational Needs

    • Maximum group size: 130 pupils

    • Teacher-led visit: full day

    • Cost of museum entrance: Norfolk schools free

    • School day events: £4.00 to £5.00 per child

    • Option of tailor-made visits

Museum overview

    • Impressive Victorian workhouse buildings

    • Working farm with rare breed animals and cart-rides

    • Extensive social history and rural life displays

    • Recreations of traditional shops and homes

    • Woodland and riverside walks, gardens

    • Large and well-designed woodland playground

    • Excellent visitor facilities including large café, and shop with pocket money items

    • Watch short films on KS2 Victorian events and KS3 Geography Day

Parking Large free car park including dedicated parking for coaches

Facilities for schools

    • Space to store bags and coats

    • Chapel for gatherings of up to 140

    • Education Room for groups of up to 40

    • Indoor and outdoor picnic areas

    • Your school may benefit from help with travel costs


    • Accessible toilets

    • Level access throughout the displays

    • Lift to first floor of workhouse

Bookings and further information:

The children were absorbed in the whole day and didn’t want to leave.

The written work produced was the highest level we have had so far.