Things to see & do

What's on offer

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Open every day in August

We've got a new programme of things to do over August. On Mondays you'll be able to meet paupers and staff as they go about their daily tasks and on Wednesdays (except 26 August) have a go at our Victorian crafts. If you've got curious kids, bring them on our Pauper's Yarn family tours on Fridays and on Saturdays you can meet our paupers as they do the gardening. Our audio guide will be available every day except Mondays and normal admission applies on all days. £3 per child for crafts.

Follow Mary Mouse

Join Mary Mouse and George the Cat with our free children's guide to The Workhouse. Explore the building with the aid of a charmingly illustrated guide for families.

Pick from one of our new trails; Joseph Disney, Kate Parker or Hidden Heritage and on completion collect a special stamp which permits your release from The Workhouse.

BlindSpot art installation

Inspired by graffiti hidden away from Master's eyes, BlindSpot is an art installation which reflects on the passing of time and includes a recording of our own harmonium. It is part of the New Expressions programme.

  • From 24 July during house opening times
  • Included in normal admission

Paupers, Petticoats & Pinafores

View an exhibition focusing on research, design and construction of recently introduced replica female pauper costumes, as worn at Southwell Workhouse in the 1840s.

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Choose your guide to The Workhouse

Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere evoked by the free audio guide, available every open day except Mondays in August. Based on archive records, the guide helps bring 19th century inhabitants back to life. Alternatively, choose the written guide to help inform your visit.