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

Thu 17 Aug 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.

Pauper's Yarn family tour

Fri 18 Aug 2017
Join a pauper inmate and find out what life was really like in The Workhouse on this family-focused introductory tour.

Pauper Pickings

Sat 19 Aug 2017
Explore the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal produce and fill a bag to take home with the help of the pauper inmates.

Pop-up Paupers

Mon 21 Aug 2017
Explore The Workhouse find inmates doing their daily jobs and help them with their work.

50 Things Craft Sessions

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Have a go at '50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾' themed crafts.

Charlie Chaplin on film

Sat 02 Sep 2017
See one of cinema's greatest performers, Charlie Chaplin's film 'Modern Times' in the setting of The Workhouse. Chaplin was a workhouse boy in London and the showing will be supported by a display about his experiences.
The Workhouse, Southwell

Eating and shopping

Display of Workhouse shop products including gifts and souvenirs

Visit the gift shop and cafe 

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.