February half term at The Workhouse and Infirmary

A family watching two costumed interpreters acting in one of the The Workhouses rooms.

This half term, enjoy a children's trail with the whole family. Experience updated hands-on technology with audio/visual enhancements throughout The Workhouse. See more objects from the historic collection and take a breather with new reflective spaces offering mindful activities.

Entertain the children with a pest trail taking little legs skittering through The Workhouse to spot some of the common crawlies that get the conservation team squirming. The trail is FREE with admission.

It's a bug's life, conservation officer Fiona Lewin with hand crafted pests
Collections and House officer Fiona Lewin with hand-crafted pests made by volunteers
It's a bug's life, conservation officer Fiona Lewin with hand crafted pests

We've upgraded the way visitors interact with this special place. Use our popular hand-held devices now filled with more stories to tell, giving you the freedom to interact with even more of the environment. 

A digital label point in The Workhouse building
Eating and drinking props laid out on a workhouse table
A digital label point in The Workhouse building

Hear and see the new board-room table, telling the tale of an inmate through attention-grabbing word displays and atmospheric sound. Walk into some rooms to hear the echoes of typical life over 100 years ago, with snoring in the one of the mens ward and the clanking of work in the cellar.

See a changing pattern of words appear on the board room table
A table in the board room with light up text
See a changing pattern of words appear on the board room table

We're also bringing more objects out of storage for you to get in close with the past. A selection of rooms in both The Workhouse and Firbeck Infirmary will have a range of historic items to help you connect with the past in a personal way.

Child's doll given by matron to a little girl in the isolation hospital in the 1920s.
child's doll given to a little girl in the isolation hospital
Child's doll given by matron to a little girl in the isolation hospital in the 1920s.

Looking for some downtime to refuel and refresh? Take adventage of new, comfortable reflective spaces with mindful activities, offering wellness breaks for tired minds and legs to restore the heart and mind. Or if you're looking for something to eat or drink, come along to Firbeck Cafe and enjoy wholesome food and a range of hot & cold drinks.

Serving a visitor at the new Workhouse cafe
Serving a visitor at the counter in Firbeck Cafe
Serving a visitor at the new Workhouse cafe

We're looking forward to welcoming you as you explore new features across the site. Follow our social media @NTWorkhouse for half term updates.