Gressenhall is the only workhouse site in the UK where visitors can experience a unique combination of workhouse and archives. This project will transform Gressenhall into a national centre for workhouse interpretation and resource.
Using recently revealed original accounts, we will tell the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse, challenging misconceptions. We will also explore the lives of the rural communities overshadowed by this controversial institution.
Powerful layered interpretation will draw on the real stories of inmates like Harriet Kettle, our well-preserved buildings and nationally significant workhouse collections. A creative programme of activities will transform our engagement with existing and new audiences, including volunteers.
We will explore the themes that make the workhouse story relevant today, including the treatment of mental illness and rural poverty.We will also develop innovative digital resources, enabling people to access and share collections and stories.