Living History days

Graft, Gruel & Good-for-Nothings

Stone-breaking was a popular task for the able-bodied men © National Trust/Lynsey Woods

Stone-breaking was a popular task for the able-bodied men

Our living history days offer a glimpse into life as a pauper.

On special days throughout the year, The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, take part in a Victorian school lesson and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Graft, Gruel & Good-for-Nothings

Dismayed by life in The Workhouse © National Trust

Dismayed by life in The Workhouse

Our living history days offer a glimpse into life as a pauper.

On special days throughout the year, The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, take part in a Victorian school lesson and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Graft, Gruel & Good-for-Nothings

Visitors receive a Victorian school lesson © The Workhouse, National Trust

Visitors receive a Victorian school lesson

Our living history days offer a glimpse into life as a pauper.

On special days throughout the year, The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, take part in a Victorian school lesson and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Graft, Gruel & Good-for-Nothings

Pauper children keep each other company in the dormitory © David Slaviero

Pauper children keep each other company in the dormitory

Our living history days offer a glimpse into life as a pauper.

On special days throughout the year, The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, take part in a Victorian school lesson and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Graft, Gruel & Good-for-Nothings

Master and Matron discuss workhouse matters © National Trust/Arnhel de Serra

Master and Matron discuss workhouse matters

Our living history days offer a glimpse into life as a pauper.

On special days throughout the year, The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, take part in a Victorian school lesson and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Don't miss our next living history day

Food Glorious Food - Wednesday 30 July 2014, 12-4pm

Our team of costumed volunteers will once again don their Victorian costumes and take you back in time to the 1840s. Join us for a food themed Graft, Gruel and Good-for-Nothings day. Witness the paupers' banter as they prepare dinner and find out about the workhouse diet.

Lots to see and do

  • Dismayed by life in The Workhouse © National Trust

    In the workyard

    Help the female pauper inmates wash the laundry and hang it out to dry.

  • Experience the life of a Victorian pauper on our Living History day. © National Trust

    Pauper life

    Find out how the pauper inmates came to be in The Workhouse.

  • The Workhouse Porter assesses a family seeking shelter at The Workhouse. © National Trust / John Pepper

    A workhouse admittance

    Witness new arrivals seeking refuge.

  • The Workhouse Porter assesses a family seeking shelter at The Workhouse. © National Trust / John Pepper

    Time for school

    Take part in a Victorian school lesson.

Previously at The Workhouse

Graft, Gruel and Good-for-Nothings is always a popular day out for all members of the family.

Read on to find out what happened at a previous living history day.

Pop-Up Paupers & Other Characters

 © Stuart McIntyre

Meet pauper characters as they go about their daily tasks on your journey round the building.

  • Sundays in August, 12-4pm
  • 20 & 21 September, 12-4pm

Pop-Up Paupers & Other Characters

 © Ian Stewart

Meet pauper characters as they go about their daily tasks on your journey round the building.

  • Sundays in August, 12-4pm
  • 20 & 21 September, 12-4pm

Pop-Up Paupers & Other Characters

 © Stuart McIntyre

Meet pauper characters as they go about their daily tasks on your journey round the building.

  • Sundays in August, 12-4pm
  • 20 & 21 September, 12-4pm

Pop-Up Paupers & Other Characters

 © National Trust / Lynsey Woods

Meet workhouse staff too as they keep a watchful eye on the paupers.

  • Sundays in August, 12-4pm
  • 20 & 21 September, 12-4pm

Paupers, Petticoats & Pinafores

Our Victorian costumes are a key part of bringing The Workhouse to life. Visit our new exhibition to find out more about the pauper costume.

  • 2 April - 2 November
  • Wednesday - Sunday, 12-5pm
  • Included in house admission

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