Beer and Brewing

Beer and Brewing - Norfolk’s Rural Pubs

A temporary exhibition running until 28 October 2018

This fascinating new exhibition at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, explores Norfolk’s pubs and brewing industry both in the past and today. 

Going to the pub used to be a regular pastime, with the chance to catch up with neighbours or to relax after a long day at work. Many of us have memories of family visits to the local pub: the brightly coloured beer mats and shove ha’penny. Visit our (non-working) bar to play the Norfolk game of twister, spin the arrow on a dial fixed to the ceiling and guess where it lands.

‘Beers and Brewing – Norfolk’s Rural Pubs’ showcases objects from pubs no longer trading such as The Kings Head in Shipdham. The exhibition looks at the demise of the rural pub and the lengths that some communities are prepared to go to save their local watering hole, with items on display from The Kings Arms in Shouldham, West Norfolk’s first co-operative pub.

The team at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse are delighted to be able to share items from the museum collections not usually on display such as a plaster panel from the Jolly Farmers pub in King’s Lynn created by the artist John Moray-Smith in 1948.

'The Norwich artist John Moray-Smith and Morgan’s Brewery can claim to have pioneered the themed pub with his three-dimensional panels reflecting the local area. The exuberant pub scene that was one of those he produced for the Jolly Farmers in King’s Lynn epitomises his work. It is wonderful that it is on display as part of this exhibition.’ Paul Burrell, Vice-Chair, The Norwich Society.

You can’t have a pub without beer! Norfolk is a brewing county with the perfect conditions to grow barley. This exhibition celebrates the hundreds of breweries which once brewed across Norfolk, including the historic Steward and Patteson. It also explores two micro-breweries currently brewing in the county, featuring items on loan from Beeston Brewery and Norfolk Brewhouse.

‘We are very pleased to assist Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse with their brewery display. We hope that this can offer education to the younger generations and nostalgia to their older family members.’ Mark Riches, Beeston Brewery.

‘Brewing and growing of malting barley is such a rich part of Norfolk’s heritage and indeed its future. As such it is really important that people are aware of the role brewing plays in the county and its links with farming and community pubs. The Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse exhibition allows us to showcase all that is great about Norfolk brewing”. Rachel Holliday, Norfolk Brewhouse.