Together to the Workhouse Door

Phew – what an interesting week (and I am not talking about politics!!)

Exciting times here at Gressenhall as we welcomed Sinfonia Viva, a giant purple stage and lots of school children and a community choir to perform “Together to the Workhouse Door” on Wednesday evening and during Thursday. Although at times it seemed as if the stage was going to take flight we managed to find ballast for it and the weather stayed, mainly, fine. The project has been a new adventure for Gressenhall and one which has been very well received. It has been exciting to explore new ways to work as a museum.

The clock is back. Having been silenced for the last few months whilst work went on to place a protective case around it the clock is now back up and running. It even made an atmospheric appearance in Thursday’s performance ringing twelve o-clock dolefully as the young boy was sent to the dungeon. With the assistance of Barry, site technician. and our clock specialist Colin Walton we look forward to many more years of timekeeping.

The first results from the sterling work of our wonderful research volunteers are online. They have been cataloguing volumes of correspondence between the workhouse and the Poor Law Board in London ready for publication on the web. The first volume has now been completed and is ready for the public to view free of charge. Check out a workhouse inspection report here:

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16451696#imageViewerLink

Work in the Collections Gallery is continuing with more objects put in this week. We are working towards getting as much finished by the Summer Holidays as possible.

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