Explore The Workhouse with the aid of a mouse

Young girl completing a Workhouse children's trail looking out the window for answers

Younger visitors have a challenge awaiting them at The Workhouse this season. A children’s guide and trails are available to explore the nooks and crannies around the property and discover more about workhouse life.

Mary mouse and George the cat

The guide follows workhouse characters Mary, a pauper mouse and George, the Master’s cat who give their own special perspective on life in the institution.
Families can explore The Workhouse together or older children can use it independently.

Trails to collect

Four new trails complement the guide, each based around real workhouse characters. Pauper children, Kate Parker, Joseph Disney and Master and Matron each have a trail and on completion children can collect a special stamp which permits their release from The Workhouse.

Child inspired

Maddie Ball aged 13, our youngest Workhouse volunteer, has been instrumental in the development of the guide.

Family connections

Maddie is the youngest member of the three generation Ball family all of whom volunteer at The Workhouse in a variety of roles. Mum, Samantha Ball is in our team of oral historians and Grandma, Jill Ball, is on hand in our Day Room refreshment area to serve snacks and drinks.