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.

Closed for the Winter

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We are currently closed to the public for the winter.

The team at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse would like to thank everyone who came and visited us during 2014. We hope to see you again next year.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse will be open for February Half Term from Monday 16 to Friday 20 February 2015, 10am to 4pm.

Many of our sister museums within Norfolk Museums Service are open during the winter months, with lots to see and do. For more information, please click here.

The Magpie Treasure Trove

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Join us as Gressenhall reopens for Half Term, from Monday 16 to Friday 20 Feburary 2015, 10am to 4pm.

A mischievous Magpie has got into the museum and has collected lots of treasures. How many of them can you find? Be sure to explore the vast stores of the Norfolk Collections Centre too ~ it looks as if that Magpie has been everywhere!

Settle down in the Chapel and enjoy mesmerising performances by The Fools Puppet Theatre Companie, including The Legend of the Magpie. Make your own sparkly riches to take home in Art Attack! and discover more about this fascinating bird.

Voices from the Workhouse

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Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, over the next few months we will be exploring how we can improve our workhouse displays. Using recently revealed original accounts, we will tell the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

Inspired by this, our Live Interpretation Officer, Rachel Duffield, spent three weeks this spring ‘Living the Workhouse Diet’. Of the 21 meals, 12 involved beer...and five meant beer at breakfast for Rachel. How did she get on? Find out more about Rachel’s diet and the wider project on our Voices from the Workhouse webpage.

Thank Goodness for Gressenhall!

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Calling all teachers! Are you worried about changes to the National Curriculum?

All, we can say is ‘Thank Goodness for Gressenhall’!

Our Learning Team have made two short films to highlight how Gressenhall’s formal learning offer fits into the new curriculum - they are well worth watching!

The films are available to view on You Tube by clicking on the following links:

For the Foundation and KS1 programme, please click here

For the KS2 programme, please click here

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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