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.
Fun and Games – Half Term Family Fun
Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June
Discover toys from the past and challenge your family to a whole host of games at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse this half term.
Find out about the toys children used to play with and have a go yourself! Challenge your family to some traditional games including shut the box and pick up sticks. Create a piece of furniture for our Gressenhall doll’s house or add a personalised number plate to the Panhard car! Get creative in Art Attack! and make your own Victorian inspired toy.
For some additional fun, join us on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to help create life size models of our Workhouse dolls which will feature in the opening celebrations of the Voices from the Workhouse project.
Rock n Roll at Gressenhall, Bank Holiday Monday 30 May
Discover how to get the vintage 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. Fifties fun and games - learn how to hula hoop and enjoy a hula hoop performance from Joanne Jordan of Dirty Feet Productions. Discover classic cars from a golden era not forgetting to visit the Vintage Market with lots of period treasures on sale.
Get into the swing with Rockin’ Roland the Rockabilly DJ spinning his records for our 1950’s tea dance. Live music from the B-Sides, a rock n roll band sure to get your pulse racing and your feet tapping. Sit back and enjoy period fashion shows and “shop the show” with stalls selling the fabulous products featured on the catwalk.
Discover gems from the past with an array of Vintage jewellery, china, furniture, homeware and clothes to purchase from the retail marquee. If classic cars are more your thing, admire a range of period vehicles, from a 1956 Chevrolet to an American Ford Pick-up Truck.
How about some tasty refreshment? Squidge and Squilla will be serving delicious Middle Eastern street food from a vintage VW camper or be tempted by Natural Born Grillers with their tasty gourmet burgers. There is also sweet treats from Bitter Sweet Curious Coffee - a Morris Minor Traveller mobile coffee shop.
Get creative in Art Attack! and make some 1950s arts and crafts with Teddy Girl Sian, or experience a 1950s school lesson – there really is something for everyone!
Now Open! Discover Voices from the Workhouse
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss availability and to book a place.