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.

Now Open! Discover the Voices from the Workhouse

Come and discover the exciting new galleries at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse which are now open following a major redevelopment! Hear real stories of those who lived and worked within its walls and explore the impact of this intriguing institution.

Can’t wait to visit? Take a look at the new Workhouse galleries with the help of Mr Bilham the Workhouse Porter. Click here or on the image to view the film.

Voices from the Workhouse film

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!

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

Upcoming events

Altogether Alone

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Join in with our community photography exhibition during October Half Term 22 - 30 October 2016, 10am – 5pm

Calling all photographers! Join in with a unique opportunity to exhibit your photos alongside the new Voices from the Workhouse galleries at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse this October.

The Victorian workhouse was a place where people who were alone and in need were brought together under one roof. In contrast, today under that same roof, we’re bringing together photos of places where people are happy to be alone.

We’re inviting all you happy snappers to send in photos of the places and spaces in Norfolk (or beyond!) where you love to be alone. We’re asking for pictures of your favourite view, your secret hideaway or even maybe a glimpse inside your potting shed! Wherever it is that you enjoy a moment’s peace and quiet, we’d love you to take a quick picture and email it in to us.

It’s not a competition, so the quality of your picture doesn’t matter a bit! And it’s free to enter, so what are you waiting for? Get snapping and join in!

The email address is and entries must arrive before midnight on 30 September.

Please note that due to legal permissions we cannot display photos showing faces.

Apple Day

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Simply Scrumptious
Sunday 16 October 2016

A Gressenhall tradition! Come and celebrate the best of autumn with all things appley: pressing, tasting, buying and naming. Enjoy live entertainment and music, meet local craftsmen and artists demonstrating their skills plus the chance to buy handmade products and local produce.




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 Jan Pitman (Learning Manager) on 01362 869260 or to discuss availability and to book a place.

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