The displays

“Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery funded project, transforming the museum displays and helping us to tell the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

Visitors can now take an immersive journey through the new galleries and find out more about the workhouse regime. Discover what inmates had to eat, how they worked, rested and even how they played – you will be surprised by some of things you will find! 

At the heart of the project has been meticulous research into workhouses across the UK, using first-hand accounts and archive material.  Through the documents we’ve collated, our amazing collections and Gressenhall’s fascinating buildings you can explore the real life stories of people who lived in the workhouse and discover how their experiences still has relevance today. 

You can also find out about life in the workhouse in the 20th century when it became an old people’s home.

The new workhouse displays are just the first stage of our project. Alongside the displays we will be developing events and activities for visitors to enjoy and digital resources for people to research their family and local histories. 

As part of the current phase of re-development Gressenhall’s Collections Gallery is closed while we update and redisplay the space.