Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is inviting players of the National Lottery to go along on Sunday for a free Lottery Players’ Preview as the museum reopens for the 2017 season.
Norfolk Museums Service has organised the free admission day as a ‘thank you’ for all the good things that the National Lottery has funded at Gressenhall over the past few years through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This includes the £1.8m Voices from the Workhouse project which has seen the complete redevelopment of Gressenhall’s Grade II-listed Georgian workhouse buildings. This project was supported with major investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund – just one of the ways that the National Lottery helps good causes.
Visitors will be able to explore the new galleries and find out about what life was like within the workhouse walls through the stories of those who lived and worked there over its 200 year history.
Costumed characters from the workhouse’s past will be there to meet and greet visitors, and families will have the chance to get creative with their own artistic responses to the new displays.
It’s also a chance to find out about the exciting changes still underway including the redevelopment of the Collections Gallery which will explore what life and work was like in the wider county of Norfolk through the display of over 2,000 items.
Plus, National Lottery players will be able to discover all that the 50-acre site has to offer including the traditional working farm with its Suffolk Punch horses and thrilling adventure playground.
Admission is FREE on Sunday, March 19, from 10am- 5pm, to all National Lottery players and their families – just show a valid lottery ticket for the period between March 13-26 upon entry. The valid lottery ticket will admit up to eight people.
Robyn Llewellyn, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “We’re delighted that Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse will be showing their appreciation for National Lottery Players who make it possible for us to invest in the heritage that communities care most about, including the wonderful Voices from the Workhouse project. The new galleries tell moving and inspirational stories about the lives of people touched by their time in the workhouse.
“It’s lovely to welcome in the National Lottery players for free so they can see for themselves the kind of work they support.”
Steve Miller, head of Norfolk Museums Service, said: “This will be a great day out for all the family and a chance for us to say thank you to National Lottery players who’ve enabled us to realise our plans for reinterpreting this important building.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors who might not have been to Gressenhall before, or not for some years, and showing them all that this exciting museum has to offer.”