NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

We are now closed for the season and will open again for February half term from Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2016.

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

    • 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.

Victorian Family Christmas
Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December 2015

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It’s a traditional Victorian Christmas in Village Row!

Enjoy festive crafts and activities and post a letter to Father Christmas.

Find the naughty Workhouse Robin’s hidden treasures.

Inside the workhouse it’s more ‘Gruel’ than ‘Yule’!
Meet costumed characters and try workhouse food.
Help the workhouse inmates get their Christmas dinner.

Advance booking for this event is essential. Please call 01362 869251 or use the link below to book tickets.

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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.

Voices from the Workhouse Project

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There are big changes happening at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. “Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which will transform the museum displays telling the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

While we are working on these displays some parts of the site will be closed or empty. We will keep you up to date on what’s happening. Please contact us if you have any questions.

To find out more about this work and the new displays, events, activities and digital resources, please visit our Voices from the Workhouse webpage.

If you are interested in finding out more about workhouses, please visit our History of Gressenhall webpage. Information on the people who lived and worked here can be found on our Library and Archive webpage.

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