Oral histories bring The Workhouse to life

The 1970s bedsit recreated from oral history testimonies

Oral History links the past to the present by recording personal testimonies and using them to interpret special places. Our archive holds memories from over 60 people who once lived, worked and grew up here, some of which were used to recreate the 1970s Bedsit.

Share your story

Do you have a connection to Southwell Workhouse or Greet House as it was later known?
We are always looking for people to share their memories with us, if you've got a connection then we'd love to hear from you.
To get in touch please call 01636 817260 or send us an email.

Susan's story

Susan lived here as a child from 1967–1971 in the bedsits, provided as temporary accommodation for homeless families.
She describes her experience, highlighting the despair of her mother and the ways in which she escaped everyday life. We have a transcript of an interview with Susan and it has helped us accurately recreate the bedsit.