Why The Workhouse is conserving Firbeck Infirmary

Room in Firbeck Infirmary under construction

Re-imagining The Workhouse started five years ago. This included the decision to open up Firbeck Infirmary for the public to experience.

The National Trust acquired Firbeck House in 1999 after buying the wider Workhouse site in 1997. At this time, the focus was on the monumental task of getting the main workhouse building open to the public and telling the story of this influential workhouse from 1824.

Through external funding and your donations, in July 2019, we can reveal the significance of Firbeck Infirmary in the history of The Workhouse protecting and enhancing the site so it can be understood by you and future generations. This includes engaging all our visitors, connecting the property to its history, stories and place in today’s world and thereby delivering a Workhouse which is relevant to you and the 21st Century.

Workhouse front facade on acquisition in 1997
Workhouse front facade on acquisition in 1997
Workhouse front facade on acquisition in 1997