Living History days

Step back in time to the 1840s

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.

Look out for Pop-up Paupers & Other Character days. The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, pick oakum and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Step back in time to the 1840s

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.

Look out for Pop-up Paupers & Other Character days. The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, pick oakum and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Step back in time to the 1840s

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.

Look out for Pop-up Paupers & Other Character days. The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, pick oakum and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Step back in time to the 1840s

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.

Look out for Pop-up Paupers & Other Character days. The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, pick oakum and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

Step back in time to the 1840s

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.

Look out for Pop-up Paupers & Other Character days. The Workhouse is transformed into a living, breathing building as characters from its past come to life.

Have a go at washing, pick oakum and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.

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

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.

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