NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

We will be open for February Half Term from Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 10am - 4pm.

Please note: Some parts of the site will be closed or empty due to the Voices from the Workhouse, Heritage Lottery Fund project and the Woodland Adventure Playground is currently closed for winter maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

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.

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.

Vote for Moaning Martha!

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Gressenhall learning officer, Rachel Duffield is shortlisted for VisitEngland Tourism Superstar 2016.

Vote for Rachel here

The campaign recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have an unforgettable experience.

Rachel has certainly been doing this in her guise as ‘Moaning Martha’, a fictional inmate whose gossipy monologues about life in the workhouse – delivered in an authentic Norfolk rural accent – have been engaging and entertaining visitors of all ages and abilities for the past seven years.

While Rachel is buoyed up by the news:
“I’m delighted and thrilled to have reached the Superstar shortlist for being lucky enough to do a job I love. It’s a fantastic way for the tourism industry to recognise not only my own work but also the brilliant work of the whole of Norfolk Museums. ”

it still hasn’t made Martha happy!
“Cor thass a rummun innut? Fancy that there Rachel bein’ up for an award jist fer eatin’ gruel an’ talkin’ ole squit ter people!”

The award will be decided purely on public votes so please get behind Rachel and help her to win.

New Short Courses for 2016!

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An Introduction to Creative Writing
Wednesday 24 February 2016 10am - 4pm

A unique one day workshop to help you understand the basics of creative writing, inspired by our Voices from the Workhouse project.




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Basketry for Beginners
Wednesday 16 March 2016

On this one-day willow basketry workshop for beginners, you will learn all the basic techniques of basket weaving as well as creating your own small shopping basket to take home.

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 to discuss availability and to book a place.

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