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

Ghostly Gressenhall

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Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016,
6pm – 8pm

Tickets are now available for Ghostly Gressenhall - the perfect family party for your little Witches and Warlocks!

There are some very friendly ghosts trapped in the Museum that need your help. Can you use your ghost hunter skills to find them all?

Prepare yourselves for a frightfully good time and don your best Halloween costumes for a night of spooky fun at Gressenhall. A prize will be given to the wearer of the most terrifying outfit.

Get your tickets now for this special after-dark opening!

Entry is by pre-booked ticket only
Tickets £6.00, Museums Pass Holders £5.00, Under 4s Free
To book please telephone 01362 869251

October Half Term family fun at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

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Friday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016

This October half term we are getting creative at Gressenhall! We have a trail of activities taking place in different locations across the site to inspire families to become artists for the day.

From slates in the school room to knickers in laundry, you will be able to colour, design and create your own masterpieces. Don’t forget to visit Art Attack! where you will be able to paint with nature. What can you discover to make the perfect picture? Join us from Tuesday to Thursday when you can create your own picture using seeds. Will you be inspired by the Autumnal colours of the trees or the animals on the farm?

Also taking place over the October Half Term is the Collaborate with Gressenhall temporary exhibition.

Explore creative responses to the theme “Voices from the Workhouse” in our temporary exhibition in the chapel this half term.

In 2016 we invited people in to explore our archives, objects and buildings and to create something in response. This small exhibition highlights some of the wonderful work that has been created by our partners.

Writer Isabelle King will be also joining us on Thursday 27 October to perform three readings at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm from her new book The Norfolk Story Book and there will also be a chance to get your book signed!

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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