Living History days
Graft, Gruel and Good-for-nothings
Our special 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 school-lesson and watch our costumed volunteers bring Workhouse staff and inmates to life.
Lots to do
- Help the female inmates wash the laundry
- Hang the washing out to dry in the fresh Nottinghamshire breeze ...
- ... or have a go with the Victorian mangle - mind your fingers!
- Take part in a Victorian school lesson
- Practice your copperplate script and get to grips with £,s and d
- See pauper families admitted into the Workhouse and learn their fate
- Witness the paupers' banter as they prepare dinner
- Play with traditional Victorian games in the school yard
- Purchase Workhouse books and souvenirs in our shop
- Enjoy the spectacle of the scenarios
Lots to see
A female inmate laments whilst she hangs out the washing
A Workhouse inmate takes a break from oakum picking and stone breaking
A pauper family are welcomed into the Workhouse by Matron, Master and Medical Officer.
Pauper boys joke around whilst waiting for school to start.