Library and Archive
Our curatorial staff are concentrated on the Collections Gallery redisplay at present and will not be available for any enquiries until 31 July 2017.
The library was started in 1976 as a resource to help staff identify objects and object histories donated to the Museum of Rural Life.
Today, the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum Library is an integral part of the role the museum plays within its community.
Researchers, authors, students and individuals investigating their family histories are encouraged to utilise the resources held within the library and to access the collections.
The collections held in the library are varied and include books, photographs and correspondence including this invoice from local gunmaker, Charles Rosson, which dates from 1910.
Do you have a relative who lived or even worked in the Workhouse?
There are transcribed extracts and notes from the Board of Guardians Minute Books for Inmates available to see at the museum. A searchable index of names is listed in the PDF document below.
If you would like to find out more information, to visit us and use the resources held in the library and archive please contact us to make an appointment, so that we can ensure that someone is available to help.
- A guide to tracing relatives in the Gressenhall Workhouse (pdf - 33kB)
- East Anglian Workhouses (pdf - 34kB)
- Gressenhall Workhouse - Sources for Inmate Names (pdf - 31kB)
- Gressenhall Workhouse Timeline (pdf - 33kB)
- Inmates of Mitford and Launditch Workhouse Gressenhall (pdf - 343kB)
- Library Collections at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse (pdf - 46kB)