What can you expect to see in Firbeck Infirmary?

A collage of vintage wallpaper featuring flowers and symmetrical prints

Firbeck Infirmary had been unused from 1987, when it closed, to 1999 when the National Trust acquired the property. Even then, it remained empty until 2012 when funding was obtained to convert part of the infirmary into staff offices. Opening of the café in part of the ground floor soon followed.

As well as the new layout of the main Workhouse building, from 5 July 2019, visitors can experience the previously unexplored Firbeck Infirmary. So, what can visitors expect to see?

  • The infirmary is being recreated with different spaces to chart how it might have looked at its start in the 1870s, to a later 1970s care ward.
  • Access to an additional room used by the last resident when the building finally closed its doors in the late 1980s.
  • The installation of a lift allowing all our visitors to access both floors of Firbeck. 
  • A library space, with a searchable database, will be available to explore Workhouse records including census returns, statistics and inspector’s reports along with workhouse reference books and genealogy books.

New seasonal exhibitions are also planned to engage our wide audience of visitors as well as encourage discussion around poverty and social health care provision in the past, present and future.