Exploring The Workhouse

Young girl at The Workhouse picking up a doll

During the summer holidays there are lots of events for the whole family to get involved in.

Faces of Change: Votes for Women

Take your mini suffragists to the ‘Faces of Change: Votes for Women’ exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. Running until 22 July, you’ll be able to see well-known but also rarely seen paintings, drawings, photographs and documents from the National Portrait Gallery Collection. It also includes items specific to The Workhouse that illustrate the battles faced by working class women who lacked the power of political representation. 

Faces of Change exhibition. Photo by Instinctive Photography. Images displayed © National Portrait Gallery, London.
Paintings and portraits in Faces of Change exhibition
Faces of Change exhibition. Photo by Instinctive Photography. Images displayed © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Something for all ages of the family.

Over the summer holidays there will be a children’s activity trail or you could take part in Workhouse Live every Wednesday. On these living history days you will find inmates carrying out their daily jobs throughout The Workhouse. Have a go at some of these tasks and discover if you would have met the requirements set by The Master and Matron. On Saturdays, explore our garden with ‘Pauper Pickings’ by inmates – an opportunity to select your produce and take it home.

Young visitors enjoy The Workhouse garden
Two young gorls on bug trail in The Workhouse garden
Young visitors enjoy The Workhouse garden

The County Show

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, The Workhouse will re-enact a typical rural show of 1918 with music and activities that would have taken place in Southwell 100 years ago. Essentially Brass will be performing their WW1 piece ‘Letters From the Front’ which is a journey in music, letters and poems of the experience of an ordinary soldier. 


Other entertainment will include, clog dancers, music, food, traditional games, costumed characters, storytelling and craft stalls. 

Essentially Brass ensemble
Essentially Brass ensemble band members
Essentially Brass ensemble

Visit our 'What’s on' page for full details of all the events taking place.