The Workhouse Re-imagining Project

A two storey portacabin on site at The Workhouse

Re-imagining The Workhouse is a conservation and visitor experience project which aims to reinforce and re-establish the role that this property should play in society today, sharing powerful stories of welfare from the 1800s to 1980s (and beyond) with our visitors.

Check out our timeline below to find out the latest about Re-imagining The Workhouse. We'll regularly update this page with news about our progress, what we’re doing to create a 21st century Workhouse, and how you can be involved.

Latest updates

05 Jul 19

Opening of Firbeck

The finishing touches to Firbeck were made this week and The Workhouse celebrated with National Trust staff and some former residents as the Infirmary was unveiled to the public.

Front view of Firbeck Infirmary

12 Jun 19

Preparing Firbeck infirmary

Staff can now move back into the newly conserved Firbeck and begin the process of dressing rooms to tell the story of both a 1870s and 1970s care ward. The infirmary will open to the public on 5 July.

Empty newly conserved and wallpapered room

23 Apr 19

A new season at The Workhouse

The Workhouse is open for the new season! The new offering includes a new freer visitor route, digital hand held guides, redressed rooms and a new Visitor hub. Work continues on Firbeck infirmary which is due to open to the public on 5 July.

Beamed room with boards depicting workhouse life