NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse


In addition to our full programme of events, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse hosts an annual temporary exhibition.

Everybody’s War. First World War in Norfolk

Collections Gallery, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

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The First World War affected everyone. It was not just soldiers in the trenches who took part in the war. It was their families, their children and their wives. In Norfolk it really was ‘everybody’s war.’

This exhibition tells what life was like for people in Norfolk during the First World War. See how farmers kept feeding the nation, find out how women and children contributed to the war effort and discover what spy mania was all about.

Rural Lives

Photographs of Norfolk People from the past and today.

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“Dereham is no different to other communities throughout Britain, where
people struggle to survive at a time of cuts and the constant failure of systems that should care for the vulnerable. These people have a right to dignity, a right to be heard and not ignored.”
J.A. Mortram, 2017

For the last seven years, J.A. Mortram has been photographing the lives of people in his community some who, through physical and mental problems and old age, face isolation and loneliness in their daily lives. His work covers difficult subjects such as disability, addiction and self-harm, but is always with hope and dignity, focusing upon the strength and resilience of the people he photographs.

This exhibition combines contemporary photographs by J.A. Mortram alongside historical images from the collections of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. By combining faces from the past and the present we hope visitors will look more closely and think about how our lives have, and have not, changed. Instead of categorising or labelling people the exhibition encourages visitors to take a more inclusive view and think about what we have in common rather than what makes us different.