Gressenhall museum

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse houses vast collections relating to the ordinary people of Norfolk, particularly those who worked on the land. 

You can book handheld information tablets to help you and your family explore the museum's workhouse stories and galleries.

The Workhouse

Stand in the evocative workhouse settings, face to face with projections of staff and inmates, and listen to first hand stories, often tragic, sometimes inspirational, from the people who once walked these whitewashed corridors.

The Collections Gallery 

Once the men’s dormitory, this space houses objects drawn from all aspects of Norfolk’s rural life covering everything from medieval bricks to 1960s kitchen gadgets. Look out for the workhouse clock mechanism which powered the courtyard clock which dictated how inmates spent their day. It still keeps good time.   

The First Farmers Gallery

The First Farmers Gallery looks at the early history of farming. There are displays of artefacts of bone, antler, flint, stone and bronze used by Norfolk’s early farmers from around 6000 years ago.   

1950s Room

A recreation of a mid 20th century home. Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the time when the BBC’s Light Programme crackled out Mrs Dales’ Diary from bakelite wireless radios.

The Engine Rooms

A selection of stationary steam and diesel engines once used to power many aspects of life, from washing clothes to bringing in the harvest.

Transport Gallery

From fire engines, to tricycles, carts and bullock wagons, explore how people and products were moved around Norfolk. There’s a shepherd’s mobile hut, a 1908 circus showman’s caravan and a coach from Raveningham Hall which used to take guests to Haddiscoe railway station. There's a free audio guide.  

Land Girls and Lumber Jills

Land Girls and Lumber Jills tells the story of the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corp and the real life stories of land army girls in Norfolk. It's an enduring tribute to the forgotten heroines of the British Home Front during two world wars. The museum has a long association with the Women’s Land Army, and has held reunions since the 1980s.  

Panhard et Levassor Motor House 

Norfolk’s oldest working car, the Panhard et Levassor, has a fascinating history, Dating from 1899 it was once owned by Charles Rolls (of Rolls Royce fame). The Panhard is maintained for the museum by a team of volunteers.

Read a brief history of the 1899 Panhard