Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

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Visit its 50-acre site and discover the historic workhouse, museum of life on the land, traditional farm with rare breed animals and beautiful, unspoilt grounds.

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He’s behind you! ⭐ Did you enjoy last year’s pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’? Gressenhall’s learning team love every ...
10/12/2020

He’s behind you!

⭐ Did you enjoy last year’s pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’? Gressenhall’s learning team love every opportunity to dress up and to have a laugh with our visitors.

#Gressenhall #NorfolkEvents #EventsInNorfolk

It's Wednesday so it's Christmas Quiz time! This week is all about turkeys - are the following facts true or false about...
09/12/2020

It's Wednesday so it's Christmas Quiz time! This week is all about turkeys - are the following facts true or false about our beloved friends on Gressenhall farm.

Question 1. You can tell if a turkey is male or female from the shape of its poo? True or False?
Question 2: Henry VIII was the first English monarch to have turkey for his Christmas dinner? True or False?
Question 3: All turkeys gobble? True or False?

Answers tomorrow - good luck!

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It is #CollectionsCallMyBluff #Christmas time!🎄🔎Can you guess the correct identification?Is this item a ... a) A Christm...
08/12/2020

It is #CollectionsCallMyBluff #Christmas time!🎄🔎

Can you guess the correct identification?

Is this item a ...

a) A Christmas card sent by Senior Service – a charity that supports older people.

b) An advert for a service that wrapped Christmas presents for older people who struggle with the Sellotape and scissors.

c) A festive decorative cigarette box cover designed to make your favourite brand a suitable present.

⭐ Answer revealed tomorrow!

Follow our easy ‘how to guide’ and create your own Christmas candle ⭐️A candle can make a great gift or why not make one...
07/12/2020
Craft Activity - Christmas Candle

Follow our easy ‘how to guide’ and create your own Christmas candle ⭐️

A candle can make a great gift or why not make one for your Christmas table?

https://youtu.be/lgfFHjIdLdA

Please visit the Gressenhall website for all our free online children activities.

Remember to share pictures of your creations with us on social media, we love seeing what you have made.

Christmas Candle script.Hello it is Megan, Curator at Gressenhall here. Today we are making Christmas candles. Did you know we used to use real candles on C...

Join us online as we bring our Victorian Family Christmas event to the comfort of your home ❄️🎄🎁Our ‘festive activities’...
06/12/2020

Join us online as we bring our Victorian Family Christmas event to the comfort of your home ❄️🎄🎁

Our ‘festive activities’ will be available digitally across Gressenhall’s social media channels and on the Gressenhall website.

All day, Mon 21 + Tues 22 December.

#MerryNMSmas

We had a special visitor to Gressenhall this week 🎄  Whist on the farm, Father Christmas delivered a festive treat to ou...
04/12/2020

We had a special visitor to Gressenhall this week 🎄

Whist on the farm, Father Christmas delivered a festive treat to our farm animals.

We wonder what the Large Black pigs received, we guess we will have to wait until Christmas day to find out!

Christmas at Gressenhall wasn’t all work and no play ❄️🎄🎁Although the Workhouse Master at our Victorian Family Christmas...
03/12/2020

Christmas at Gressenhall wasn’t all work and no play ❄️🎄🎁

Although the Workhouse Master at our Victorian Family Christmas event wasn’t so keen to share a cheeky kiss under the mistletoe with the Matron!

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse's cover photo
02/12/2020

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse's cover photo

Each Wednesday in December we will be posting a short Christmas Quiz! This week's three questions are on Christmas trees...
02/12/2020

Each Wednesday in December we will be posting a short Christmas Quiz! This week's three questions are on Christmas trees. We certainly enjoy decorating Gressenhall's Christmas tree and entertaining in front of it every year!

Questions:
1. What is the most popular type of tree for Christmas trees in the UK?
a) Norway Spruce
b) Fraser Fir
c) Nordmann Fir

2. How old is a typical Christmas tree?
a) 4 - 7 years old
b) 7 - 10 years old
c) 10 - 13 years old

3. When were the first electric Christmas tree lights invented?
a) 1882
b) 1892
c) 1902

Add your answers in the chat below and we will reveal the correct ones tomorrow!

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It is #CollectionsCallMyBluff #Christmas time!🎄🔎Can you guess the correct identification? Is this item a ... a) Fancy pa...
01/12/2020

It is #CollectionsCallMyBluff #Christmas time!🎄🔎

Can you guess the correct identification?

Is this item a ...

a) Fancy paper cuffs for your turkey’s legs
b) Paper decorations for the Christmas tree
c) Earrings for the Christmas office party

⭐️Ans revealed tomo!

Looking for a festive activity to keep the children entertained? 🎄Then why not create your own Christmas hanky with our ...
30/11/2020
Craft Activity - Christmas Hankies

Looking for a festive activity to keep the children entertained? 🎄

Then why not create your own Christmas hanky with our easy 'how to guide'.

VIDEO -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-078Ufqzeus

We love seeing your creations, why not tag us in your images 😁

Tune back next Monday for more festive craft fun!

Christmas handkerchief script Hello, Megan Curator at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse here. Today, we are going to show you how to make beautiful decorated ha...

An Autumn day over Gressenhall museum 🧡🍂
26/11/2020

An Autumn day over Gressenhall museum 🧡🍂

Next year Gressenhall will be greeted with some new animal friends, say hello to our latest addition 🐤🦌 🦔Courtesy of Spo...
22/11/2020

Next year Gressenhall will be greeted with some new animal friends, say hello to our latest addition 🐤🦌 🦔

Courtesy of Spoons by Adam

#Woodwork #Woodcreation #Woodenanimal #Gressenhall #Sculpture #WoodenSculpture

Today we say #ThanksToYou! Through your lottery tickets the National Lottery Heritage Fund  funds our amazing Kick the D...
19/11/2020

Today we say #ThanksToYou! Through your lottery tickets the National Lottery Heritage Fund funds our amazing Kick the Dust Youth Programme, which works with young people to make a difference in our museums. Here is Katie Sheard talking about her work with Gressenhall through @KTDNorfolk -

"I am very grateful to be part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Kick the Dust. Recently, I have been involved in a social media project which has not only been interesting to research and see engagement with the public, but has also given me even more skills to add to my CV. Being part of this scheme has been so valuable, I've gained so much confidence and acquired the skills to hopefully pursue a career in the cultural sector".

In our new digital exhibition we explore one Gressenhall inmate's life - Benjamin Newall. Benjamin was an injured solide...
18/11/2020
The Life of Benjamin Newell - Google Arts & Culture

In our new digital exhibition we explore one Gressenhall inmate's life - Benjamin Newall. Benjamin was an injured solider - an experience many others have experienced and continue to experience today. Explore Benjamin's life and think about how we can learn from the mistakes of the past.

https://artsandculture.google.com/story/the-life-of-benjamin-newell/ugJSiHyp-usyLg

A creative interpretation of the life of Benjamin Newell, inmate at Mitford and Launditch Union Workhouse (now Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse). Researched and created as part of the More Than Oliver Twist project by The Workhouse Network, funded by Arts Council England.

Calling all family historians! Have you found The Workhouse Network's new family history resources yet? Over 300 biograp...
17/11/2020
More Than Oliver Twist on eHive

Calling all family historians! Have you found The Workhouse Network's new family history resources yet?

Over 300 biographies of pauper families:
https://ehive.com/communities/1167/more-than-oliver-twist

Tools and tips for researching workhouse history: https://www.workhousenetwork.org/training-films.html

and a fab exhibition: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-workhouse-network

More Than Oliver Twist - An Arts Council England funded Subject Specialist Network project, run by the Workhouse Network (2019-2020) The 'More Than Oliver Twist' project provides training for six workhouse sites to research the lives of inmates in their institutions in the 1881 census. From this res...

Life is still busy on Gressenhall Farm 🐴Over the weekend Jimbo helped to clean out a shed. Good job Jimbo (and Mike of c...
17/11/2020

Life is still busy on Gressenhall Farm 🐴

Over the weekend Jimbo helped to clean out a shed.

Good job Jimbo (and Mike of course!) 👍

#RareBreed #RareBreedFarm #FarmLife #Livestock #GressenhallFarm #NorfolkFarm #Farm

17/11/2020

Next year Gressenhall will be greeted with some new animal friends 🐤🦌 🦔

Can you guess what this wooden creation will be?

Courtesy of Spoons by Adam

#Woodwork #Woodcreation #Woodenanimal #Gressenhall #Sculpture #WoodenSculpture

The Workhouse Network presents More Than Oliver Twist on Google Arts & Culture platformWe invite you to encounter the mu...
16/11/2020
The Workhouse Network - Google Arts & Culture

The Workhouse Network presents More Than Oliver Twist on Google Arts & Culture platform
We invite you to encounter the multidimensional lives of people known then as ‘paupers.’ The exhibition combines audio narrative and visualisations that interpret historic biographies of UK workhouse inmates from 1881 census and relates them to 21st century lived experience.

The work is drawn directly from the research, museum collections, workhouse buildings, volunteers’ experiences and related contemporary lives.

The exhibits contain material that some may find upsetting.

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-workhouse-network

The Workhouse Network is a Subject Specialist Network (SSN) that brings together museums, heritage organisations, archives and universities interested in w...

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse's cover photo
16/11/2020

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse's cover photo

15/11/2020
Children Craft Activities

We have created a wide range of children craft videos, perfect for keeping your family entertained 🎨✏️

Each activity is suitable to be undertaken at home, using simple materials found in your craft cupboard.

Now, where are the colouring pens?

BROWSE BELOW 👇

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFyxX5GzHdAZr20_QA5iFTh2zfDPDV97g

All our children craft activities are suitable to be undertaken at home, using simple materials found in your craft cupboard. Remember to share pictures of y...

Today's post is from one of our lovely staff members, Andy:"I joined the Royal Navy in September 1981, after my training...
15/11/2020

Today's post is from one of our lovely staff members, Andy:

"I joined the Royal Navy in September 1981, after my training and 18 months on my first HMS Fearless, I then joined my second ship in 1985, HMS Gloucester, at Type 42 Destroyer, straight out of build. Whilst serving on HMS Gloucester I was privileged and honoured to have been part of a guard of honour at the War Memorial, in the City Of Gloucester, for the Remembrance Day commemorations in the same year. After the ceremonials were over we then marched to Gloucester Cathedral for a full church service. I left HMS Gloucester in 1988 having carried out two deployments, amongst others in the Persian Gulf, protecting British interests. I left the Royal Navy in 1991 after serving 10 years and then became heavily involved in the Dereham Branch of The Royal Naval Association".

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In 1920, Benjamin was invalidated out of the army as a result of his disabilities. He sadly died at the age of 74. If yo...
14/11/2020
The Life of Benjamin Newell - Google Arts & Culture

In 1920, Benjamin was invalidated out of the army as a result of his disabilities. He sadly died at the age of 74. If you would like to hear more about Benjamin’s life you can view our online exhibition at: https://artsandculture.google.com/story/the-life-of-benjamin-newell/ugJSiHyp-usyLg. We hope to keep his memory alive

Kick the Dust - Norfolk #ww1 #remembrance #workhousenetwork

A creative interpretation of the life of Benjamin Newell, inmate at Mitford and Launditch Union Workhouse (now Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse). Researched and created as part of the More Than Oliver Twist project by The Workhouse Network, funded by Arts Council England.

Benjamin saw a lot of action while serving, on 1st July 1916 Benjamin and his battalion went ‘over the top’ on the first...
14/11/2020

Benjamin saw a lot of action while serving, on 1st July 1916 Benjamin and his battalion went ‘over the top’ on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. On the 14th July 1916 the battalion was involved in an attack in the Trones Wood area. During this attack, Benjamin was shot in the left arm which caused permanent damage. He was taken to Queen Mary's Military Hospital in Whalley, Lancashire where he underwent rehabilitation. For his bravery, Benjamin was awarded the Military Medal

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Meet Benjamin Newell. Benjamin was born in 1879 and spent most of his childhood at Mitford and Launditch Union workhouse...
14/11/2020

Meet Benjamin Newell. Benjamin was born in 1879 and spent most of his childhood at Mitford and Launditch Union workhouse (Gressenhall). He had a traumatic start to life, having a surgical procedure to correct a harelip, now known as a cleft lip. At the age of 14 Benjamin was taken on by Mr Abraham Bacon Matthews of Wollaston to become an Apprentice Boot Finisher, as he had learnt the trade at the workhouse. Follow along our social media channels today to find more about Benjamin’s story…

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During World War Two African American GIs were stationed at Norfolk airbases. Their contribution and impact was signific...
13/11/2020
The Friendly Invasion in Norfolk

During World War Two African American GIs were stationed at Norfolk airbases. Their contribution and impact was significant, but we have yet to find links to them in our collections and records. We know that some airbases were close to Dereham, so would love to hear from those people with stories to tell. To find out more click below …

👉 https://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/things-to-do/Friendly-Invasion-in-Norfolk.aspx
👉https://www.8theast.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Learning-Pack-Final-Version-13th.pdf

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The Friendly Invasion, when over 50,000 USAAF servicemen arrived in Norfolk, had the biggest cultural and landscape impact the county has ever seen.

Despite most of the work of the Women’s Land Army being very demanding, it obvious there was time for some relaxation an...
12/11/2020

Despite most of the work of the Women’s Land Army being very demanding, it obvious there was time for some relaxation and fun! Here we see Lucy, Margo, Kath and Doreen in 1943, working in Ridlington, Leicester

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“The Land Army fights in the fields. It is in the fields of Britain that the most critical battle of the war may well be...
12/11/2020

“The Land Army fights in the fields. It is in the fields of Britain that the most critical battle of the war may well be fought and won” - Lady Denman, Director of the Women’s Land Army, 1939

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The main purpose of the organisation was to increase food production. There were 3 sections: 1) Agriculture 2) Forage (h...
12/11/2020

The main purpose of the organisation was to increase food production. There were 3 sections: 1) Agriculture 2) Forage (haymaking for food for horses) 3) Timber cutting. The majority of women involved worked in the agricultural section

Kick the Dust - Norfolk #ww1 #ww2

Today’s focus is on the women who were involved in the Land Army during the First and Second World Wars. The British Wom...
12/11/2020

Today’s focus is on the women who were involved in the Land Army during the First and Second World Wars. The British Women’s Land Army was first established in January 1917, and then reformed in June 1939. It played a significant role as women were called up to replace jobs left by men. Around 23,000 women signed up during #ww1, and 200,000 women during #ww2

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Today marks a time of reflection where we remember those who made sacrifices and were affected by war. No matter what ra...
11/11/2020

Today marks a time of reflection where we remember those who made sacrifices and were affected by war. No matter what race, religion or gender, we thank you. No one will be forgotten

Sadly, Sergeant Ernest William Freezer died 10th April 1918 in France, when German forces took Croix-du-Bac. This is whe...
10/11/2020

Sadly, Sergeant Ernest William Freezer died 10th April 1918 in France, when German forces took Croix-du-Bac. This is where Ernest is buried. Ernest’s name is inscribed on the Roll of Honour in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and will forever be remembered for his bravery and joy he brought to Gressenhall Church. Ernest can be seen in the image third from the left, his father is on the far right
(Credit: The Gressenhall Bell Ringers)

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Ernest and his father were keen bell ringers at Gressenhall Church. Ernest even joined the Norwich Diocesan Association ...
10/11/2020

Ernest and his father were keen bell ringers at Gressenhall Church. Ernest even joined the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers in 1911 due to his talents. When war broke out, Ernest left Gressenhall to serve his country and the Commonwealth in the Norfolk Regiment. Much of Ernest’s military career is unknown, however, we do know he was transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers at some point
(Credit: The Gressenhall Bell Ringers)

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From an early age it was obvious Ernest was a high achiever. Throughout his time at Gressenhall school, he received vari...
10/11/2020

From an early age it was obvious Ernest was a high achiever. Throughout his time at Gressenhall school, he received various awards and a certificate for high attendance. After leaving school, Ernest became a brickmaker along with his father

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Today is White Ribbon Day campaigning to end violence against women. In the past the workhouse provided a sanctuary for women and children escaping abuse and domestic violence. In 1908 Polly Took was taken into Gressenhall workhouse suffering from malnourishment and rickets. She died shortly after after. Later the workhouse took custody of the other Took children to protect them until they were 18. Today Norfolk County Council continue this valuable work. Together we work for a day when it won't be required.
A lovely day
Visit Breckland, as there's so much to see.
We had a lovely morning with you yesterday! The kids had a fabulous time regardless of the play area not being available. Lovely walk round the farm and river with fun crafts to complete at the museum 😊 Staff were wonderful and engaging with the kids too 👍🏻
Do children's university kids go free?
Hi are you planning on re-opening for the summer holidays as we would like to come and visit? thanks
Feeling sad when I think today would’ve been amazing for a vintage affair, but here’s hoping next year the event will go ahead be a lovely sunny day like today & be totally amazing xx
When are you reopening to the public ?
We had a great day at Gressenhall today! Plenty of sunshine and things to do - thank you.
And my dad is busy stooking up (or is it shocking up?) here...