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Progress at Gressenhall…

Each week we take a look at what’s been going on with Norfolk’s Teaching Museum Trainees.  Today we see Sue, Project management trainee at Gressenhall

In the project management office we are working hard to get everything in place for the new year, when our new exhibition will begin to be installed.

I have been sourcing replicas for the new displays and have recently taken delivery of these lovely handmade wooden plates, which are a copy of our workhouse original.



I have also been trying to locate an old wheelbarrow,  a stoke pottery plate, an undertakers measuring stick and a Victorian prosthetic leg. Good job I enjoy a challenge!


Meanwhile, our training continues to take us to hidden places. Recently we visited the undercroft at the Museum of Norwich – a beautiful space.

It was a big day for my colleague Lawrence yesterday, as he got to drive a Big White Van. It is probably one of biggest challenges of his traineeship so far!

He needed a 4m long vehicle to transport an old map from storage at the archive center to a photographer in order for it to be photographed for reproduction for our new ‘Voices’ project.



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Our very own 1950’s pram

Inspired by the Royal Christening at the weekend, here is a picture of part of our 1950’s display here at Gressenhall. A style icon, supreme comfort, but not that portable!IMG_0504

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Museum trainee – Projects management

Each week we take a look at what’s been going on with Norfolk’s Teaching Museum Trainees.  Today we see Sue, Projects Management trainee working at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.


My name is Sue Foster, and I doing a projects management traineeship at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse near Dereham. My colleague Joe was exactly right when he said that the first 2 months have absolutely flown! I am part of a team that is working on ‘Voices from the Workhouse’ , which is an HLF funded project that will see a completely new set of displays opened at the Workhouse at Gressenhall. Among other things, it looks at  the role of the workhouse in a rural environment and asks if it really was as harsh as we sometimes assume, and whether there were actually some positives. It is one of the most complete and well preserved workhouse buildings in the country and dates from 1777.cropped-17624_10152743052407414_6251919407379781577_n2

I am busy learning all about the plans and ideas that have been formulated over the past few years to bring this project together, and am really excited to be here now, just as the first displays and renovations are starting. We work in a beautiful setting – the Gressenhall gardeners have been hard at work, and there is also a working rural farm that is part of the site.

I am very excited to see the project develop, and will update you all as things happen!