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Key stage 2 education at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

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If you cannot find a suitable day, please contact us. We will do our best to accommodate you. We are also happy to discuss with you how you would like us to tailor activities to support your needs.

For more information, enquiries and bookings please contact gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk or call 01362 860563.

Neolithic Britain: hunter-gatherers and first farmers

Can you survive our Neolithic challenge? Explore life 5000 years ago using our fantastic Neolithic collections and wonderful site. Hunt for animals in the woods, get to grips with Neolithic tools, plough the field with the rip ard plough and make a Neolithic shelter.

Full day, £6 per pupil

Neolithic Britain Information Sheet (PDF) [108KB]

Victorian Activity Day

Meet our costumed characters as you step back in time to Victorian England. Work in the fields with the heavy horses, take a Victorian school lesson, find out what life was like in the workhouse and lend a hand in a Victorian kitchen and washhouse. This immersive day supports your local study and theme of social history and promotes creative and imaginative writing. Can you solve the mystery of the stolen silver candlesticks?

This event is a 'living history' day. To enter into the spirit, we invite you to come in costume.

Full day, £6 per pupil

Victorian and Edwardian costume suggestions (PDF) [1MB]

Victorian Activity Day Information Sheet (PDF) [157KB]

Evacuees (Home Front Heroes)

Join our costumed characters and discover the Home Front during WWII. Meet a Women's Land Army girl and 'Dig for Victory' with the heavy horses. Take cover in the air raid shelter and let the ARP warden show you how to use a stirrup pump. 'Make do and Mend' with a worried housewife, find out about rationing in the Village Shop and help win the war with the Home Guard. The perfect day for a study of the Home Front as a significant turning point in British social history.

This event is a 'living history' day. To enter into the spirit, we invite you to come in costume.

Full day, £6 per pupil

Evacuee costumes (PDF) [488KB]

Evacuee label pattern (PDF) [31KB]

Evacuees Information Sheet (PDF) [158KB]

Victorian Whodunnit?

Immerse your children in Victorian England through our dramatic Whodunnit. Meet rich and poor costumed characters, and engage in active learning sessions in our Victorian schoolroom, cottage kitchen, workhouse and laundry. Can you help discover who has committed the terrible crime? This engaging day provides a focus for your local study and the theme of social history, encourages enquiry and thinking skills and promotes creative and imaginative writing.

This event is a 'living history' day. To enter into the spirit, we invite you to come in costume.

Full day, £6 per pupil

Victorian and Edwardian costume suggestions (PDF) [1MB]

Victorian Whodunnit Information Sheet (PDF) [126KB]

Christmas in the Workhouse

Find out about Victorian Christmas for rich and poor. Join our costumed characters to make candy canes, decorations and toys for poor children. Perform a festive Victorian melodrama - but don't forget that there is still lots to be done in the workhouse. And who is the mystery benefactor who keeps leaving gifts? To enter into the spirit of a Victorian Christmas we invite you to come in costume.

Full day, £6 per pupil

Victorian and Edwardian costume suggestions (PDF) [1MB]

Christmas in the Workhouse information sheet (PDF) [165KB]

The Greatest Invention Ever!

Where did it all go wrong? This cross-curricular activity day will visit four moments in human history when humans changed the world. Explore our collections and discover the dangerous environmental consequences of some of our greatest ideas. Your class will plough a Neolithic field, help cast a bronze age axe, harness the power of steam and explore the miraculous properties of plastics. 

This day will explore the history of climate change and environmental destruction and challenge learners to think about how we can make changes that will lead to a more sustainable future.  

Full day, £6 per child 

The Greatest Invention Ever! information sheet (PDF) [459KB]

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