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

Schools Out!

Summer Holiday family fun at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Thursday 21 July to Sunday 4 September 2016

I’m in the Workhouse – get me out of here!

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Wednesday 21 July to Saturday 13 August 2016

To have a better chance of escaping, you must know your surroundings. Explore the new Voices from the Workhouse displays and discover what life was like for the inmates.

Perhaps if you could find a good job beyond the Workhouse walls, the Master would let you leave. Discover how to set the table for dinner – the perfect skill needed to get employment in service in a grand stately home. If all else fails, visit Art Attack! and make a disguise to sneak past the Master!

Meet a pop-up pauper as an extra special activity on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday who will be able to tell you more about how hard the inmates had to work, they may even need your help!

We will be also be joined by Isabelle King, who will be our Writer in Residence from Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July. Find out all about her plans for her new “Children of the Workhouse” book and the launch of her Norfolk Story Book in October.

A Home Front Mystery

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Monday 15 August to Sunday 4 September

Become a World War two detective and unearth the mystery of the crashed Heinkel plane on Gressenhall Farm. The plane is empty but someone must have seen it crash, use your detective skills to locate the suspect who knows what happened.

Find the hidden clues and discover the pilot’s secret stash! Will you be able to “do your bit” for the War effort and help save the day? Be sure to keep an eye out for a member of the Home Guard on 16,17,18,23,24 and 25 August, he may also require your assistance!

Workhouse Experience

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Sunday 14 August 2016

Find out if you have what it takes to escape the workhouse as Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse sets visitors a special challenge for all the family to enjoy.




Family volunteering at Gressenhall

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Would you like the opportunity to work with the museum’s collections as a family?

Over the summer holidays there will be a unique opportunity to discover behind the scenes and help us with the re-display of the Museum.

We are packing up the Collections Gallery ready for refurbishment and would like your help.

Over the last two weeks of the summer holidays Monday 22 August to Friday 2 September 2016 we will be running eight one hour sessions for families to get hands on with the collections.

The session will include:

    • A basic introduction to handling and packing collections

    • Packing museum objects into boxes

    • Auditing of collections

    • Working with museum staff and volunteers

    • A look at museum stores

Advance booking is essential and spaces are strictly limited. To book or for more information, please telephone 01362 869251.

Village At War

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Sunday 28 August and Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2016

Experience life on the home front during the Second World War and discover how you can "do your bit" for the War effort.







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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