NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum. Visit its 50-acre site and discover the:

    • Historic workhouse building featuring new exhibition galleries exploring ‘Voices from the Workhouse’

    • Museum of life on the land

    • Traditional farm with rare breed animals

    • Beautiful, unspoilt grounds and exciting adventure playground

The museum is a great day out whether you want to learn about the lives of Norfolk people in the past or relax and have a good time with your friends and family. You’ll need a whole day to begin to discover all its wonders.

Use the navigation links to plan your visit, find out more about the museum and for details of events and exhibitions. To access a copy of the site map, please click here.

Upcoming events

Gressenhall Goes Wild!

Sunday 10 July

Search for Gressenhall's wild side and get closer to nature. Become a nature detective and see what bugs and beasties you can discover.

Meet local nature detective Stuart Burgess, find out what likes to live in leaf litter and discover what the tadpoles, backswimmers and other pond life are up to this springtime. Look inside the butterfly and moth enclosure, see the spiders and their web of flies and make your own spider web. Use a sweep net to explore what makes its home in the long grass of the orchard.

Who says that there is no such thing as a free lunch? Find out what delicious things can be found growing wild in gardens and hedgerows with Debby from Pickled Lilly.

Inspired by the natural world, see the stunning creations of artist Bob Lever of White Horse Willow, from bird and animal sculptures, to plant supports, garden ornaments and living willow structures. Watch The Wacky Woodturner, Joshua Hubbard at work on his lathe and discover how he turns timber into bowls, mushrooms and dibbers.

See what’s growing – and living – in the Gressenhall gardens. Get creative with the Norfolk County Council Family Learning Team, with lots of nature inspired things to see and do, or visit Art Attack! and make a bird or butterfly to take home.

The site is bursting with new life – what will you discover?

Now Open! Discover Voices from the Workhouse

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Now open! Preview the fascinating new displays and discover the Voices from the Workhouse. Hear real stories of those who lived and worked within its walls and explore the impact of this intriguing institution.

“Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which is transforming the museum displays, enabling us to tell the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

Take an immersive journey through the new galleries and find out more about the workhouse regime and what inmates had to eat. Discover how they worked, rested and even how they played – you may be surprised by some of things you will find!

To learn more about the wider project, events, activities and forthcoming digital resources, please visit our Voices from the Workhouse webpage.

New Short Courses for 2016!

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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a great place to learn, whatever your age. Inspired by the beautiful grounds and fascinating collections, we provide a range of training courses and creative events throughout the year.

For more information, please see our Short Courses page or telephone 01362 869251.



Free Observation Opportunities at Gressenhall - NEW!

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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, in partnership with GEM, are offering learning professionals, students and volunteers the opportunity to observe school events at our site.

Gressenhall is a sector leader in providing Living History and Theatre in Education events for schools and delivers a wide range of hands-on, exploratory and exciting events for children aged 4-16 years. Click here to view our full events programme.

This opportunity will suit learning practitioners, museum professionals, teachers, students and volunteers interested in finding out more about the use of costumed interpretation, role play and hands-on learning to explore literacy and historical themes. The team are also happy to discuss their ‘diversification’ away from the topic of Victorians after recent changes to the National Curriculum.

We offer up to 8 observation spaces per school event as well as the chance to discuss our approach with a member of our team afterwards. It is free to attend this training opportunity. Currently, GEM also offers a limited number of travel bursaries to help support this initiative.

Please contact Katie Smith (Learning Officer) on 01362 869256 or to discuss availability and to book a place.

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