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

    • Museum of life on the land

    • Traditional farm with rare breed animals

    • Beautiful, unspoilt grounds

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.

Book now and discover a ‘Murder Most Grave’

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Enjoy a night of mystery and intrigue with our classic Edwardian whodunit. Tickets are now available for Murder Most Grave at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse at 7.30pm on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May 2014. The year is 1914. Prehistoric remains have been discovered in the wood and a public lecture is to be held to present the findings of an archaeological dig. But danger lurks on every side…! A curse is said to fall upon anyone who disturbs the sacred ground - where will it strike? Meet our costumed characters and keep your eyes open for clues. Can you solve the terrible crime? Tickets are limited and advance booking is essential- last year’s ‘Whodunnit’ was a sell-out! Doors open at 7.00pm and the performance starts in the workhouse chapel at 7.30pm. The Mardlers’ Rest Café is open for pre-performance dinner (pre-booked only) from 6pm, and will also be open during the evening for drinks and snacks during an interval. Enter into the spirit of the occasion and come dressed in period costume. Adult tickets - £12, Children under 16 - £8 (suggested minimum age 13). Discounts for Museums Pass holders. For more information, or to book, please telephone 01362 869251.

An Inspirational Place to Learn – short courses at Gressenhall

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Inspired by the site and its rich and varied collections, the museum offers a range of short courses. This spring there are opportunities to learn how to work with horses, in a practical day learning basic handling and grooming and harnessing, working with Gressenhall Farm Manager Richard Dalton and our Suffolk Punch.

Inspired by our exhibition of embroidered Letters from the Workhouse, you can learn how to ‘Stitch Like Lorina’, or discover more about workhouses in general with a special day devoted to exploring the history of these intriguing organisations and the people who lived within the walls.

Get creative and try your hand at flower arranging or confectionary making, screen printing or botanical illustration. Looking to redevelop your garden to make it a haven for wildlife? Join us for a day of garden design, using the Gressenhall Wildlife Garden for inspiration.

For full details of these courses and how to book a place, please visit our Short Courses page.

More to see with our special exhibitions

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This year Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is proud have an exhibition dedicated to Norfolk’s Last Horseman, Ray Hubbard. Ray is a regular face at Gressenhall events, and has recently donated much of his fascinating collection, amassed during a life spent working with horses, to the museum. Come and explore the tricks and tools of the trade.

The new displays continue with the chance to see Lorina Bulwer’s amazing embroidered ‘Letters from the Workhouse’, recently featured on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. An inmate of Great Yarmouth Workhouse, Lorina poured her heart and frustrations into the ‘letters’ which are over three meters long. Letters from the Workhouse is on display until 1 June.

The First World War affected everyone. Discover the impact on the people of Norfolk in our special exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the start of this conflict.

For more information on these, please see our Exhibitions page.

Object of the Month

Each month, we pick one of the many fascinating items from our collection as our Object of the Month. With over 50,000 objects to select from, we are really spoilt for choice! You can find out more in our Collections Corner.

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