NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Please note: We are currently going through a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project “Voices from the Workhouse”. While we are working on these displays some parts of the site will be closed or empty.
Please see this map to find out what you can see today
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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.

Upcoming events

Story Festival

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Bank Holiday Monday 2 May

All the characters have escaped from The Giant Book of Gressenhall Fairy Tales! Help them return to their tales and create your own magical story as you explore Gressenhall from the woods to the river.

Meet much-loved characters from your favourite childhood tales, lend a hand and make some magic in Cinderella’s kitchen, meet the Gingerbread man’s mother and see what she is cooking. If you are looking for adventure visit our Collections Centre, become a prehistoric explorer and hunt out the West Runton Mammoth!

Rock n Roll at Gressenhall

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Bank Holiday Monday 30 May

Step back in time to the 1950s and 1960s – when rock and roll was King!

Sit back and enjoy period fashion shows and find out how to get that look as you experience the glamour of the era at Flamingo Amy’s Pop-up Salon. Hear tunes of the age and learn the latest dance steps. Discover classic cars from a golden era, not forgetting to visit the Vintage Market with lots of period treasures on sale.

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 see this map to find out what you can see today.

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.

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 katie.smith3@norfolk.gov.uk to discuss availability and to book a place.

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