Heritage Open Day

Friday, 06 September 2013

Press release from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

FREE admission, and so much more!

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and the Historic Environment Service mark Heritage Open Day

Sunday 15 September 2013

10am – 5pm

As part of the Heritage Open Days, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is pleased to open its doors for FREE on Sunday 15th September from 10am to 5pm.

Visitors can discover why Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is one of the foremost visitor attractions in East Anglia, as they explore all that the 50 acre site has to offer.  Enjoy a fascinating journey through the story of rural Norfolk with an historic workhouse and traditional farm.  The museum galleries are a real treasure trove of household objects, fascinating tools and workhouse treasures from times gone by.  Discover the enchanting gardens and the historic orchard, set in a timeless landscape, or let off steam in our thrilling woodland playground – there really is something for all everyone!

Just gone back to school?  Experience what lessons were like 100 years ago in the Victorian schoolroom – just don’t be late for class! Find out more about the lives of some of the people who were inmates here with special enactments in the boardroom and discover one of Gressenhall workhouse's greatest controversies involving long-serving schoolmaster Robert Bradfield - you may even be able to take part!

If this has whetted your appetite, take a guided trail around the workhouse buildings.  Did you have any relatives in the workhouse? Get help in tracing your family history from experts in the Museum Library and discover more of the museum collections. 

Take a tour behind the scenes of the Museum Superstore! Meet the Shine a Light team who have been re-discovering hidden treasures from Norfolk's reserve collections. See a range of fascinating objects including two of the Norwich snap dragons and a host of other wonders. Numbers are strictly limited, so please arrive early to secure a free timed ticket.

Explore stories from across the county with the Wise Archive, an online public resource about older people - their memories and experiences of their working lives.  Visit the engine rooms and meet the Steam Up team, Gressenhall’s own volunteer engineers, running stationary engines throughout the day.  

Want to know more about the archaeology of your local area? The Historic Environment Service, based at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, are also opening their doors to the public for this free event.  Come and meet experts, find out about the work they do and the projects that are currently underway. Explore the records they keep including the fascinating archive of aerial photographs.

Down on Gressenhall Farm, seasonal tasks are underway.  Come and meet Horseman Ray Hubbard and discover why the Suffolk Punch horse is in fact a Norfolk breed.  See our own horses and other farm animals, including our latest arrival – a British White / Red Poll mix calf – and piglets galore!

New for 2013! Discover a special exhibition exploring the story of four of Norfolk’s foremost horticultural businesses. ‘Norfolk Nurserymen’ is on show in the Collections Gallery this year. Nurserymen are people who grow and develop plants to sell on to gardeners and farmers. This fascinating display explores the stories of four successful local businesses - the Taylors, Starks, Daniels and Cannells.

For more information, telephone 01362 860563 or visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall

For more information on Heritage Open Days, please visit http://www.heritagecity.org/hods/index.htm


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