The Workhouse, Southwell

The Workhouse, Southwell

Things to see and do

The Workhouse, Southwell

What's on 

Upcoming events

The History of The Workhouse in 20 Objects

Sat 04 Mar 2017
Vote for your favourite Workhouse object as part of this interactive display. The selection of objects from our collection will change every two months when the public's vote winner will be announced and go forward to the final display.

Pop-up Paupers

Sat 18 Mar 2017
Go back to school at The Workhouse, write on a slate, learn to count but don't even think about misbehaving! Education played an important part in pauper children's lives, discover how this prepared them for life outside the institution.

The Good, the Bug and the Ugly

Sat 01 Apr 2017
Become a bug detective! Identify insects that live inside and outside The Workhouse with a '50 things' themed children's trail and conservation display. £1.50 per trail including a prize.

Museums at Night: Masters and Matrons Misbehaving, Scandal at The Workhouse 1824-1859

Sat 20 May 2017
This event will be available for you to book at the beginning of March.
The Workhouse, Southwell

Eating and shopping

Display of Workhouse shop products including gifts and souvenirs

Visit the gift shop and Day Room refreshment area 

Browse our shop for workhouse inspired gifts and souvenirs, or take a break with a light snack and a hot drink.

The Workhouse, Southwell


The Workhouse, Southwell

Our work

The Workhouse, Southwell

Get involved

The Workhouse, Southwell


School children dressed as paupers receiving a Victorian school lesson

Opportunities for schools and students 

Work with our award-winning education team to create a thought provoking session for your pupils in this atmospheric setting.

The Workhouse, Southwell


An interpretation panel printed on gauze showing three old and infirm male paupers in dormitory

Organise a visit 

Take a look at what we can offer your group and how to make your booking.