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Heritage Open Weekend

Come along to visit the Workhouse and Infirmary with free entry as part of the Heritage Open Days Festival.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Behind every door is a story and the Workhouse and Infirmary bears witness to over 160 years of changing social policy and attitudes towards the poor and vulnerable in society. Explore why people came here in our 1921 census exhibition in partnership with Findmypast and trace their physical route. Discover how vagrants created a secret code language as they moved from workhouse to workhouse through our children’s trail. Chat to a room guide, take a tour (limited spaces), complete a children’s trail, dress up and write on a slate in the school room, spot the workhouse mice scenes, play some old-fashioned games, have a wander outside in the kitchen garden, walk in the historic infirmary wards or relax in our second-hand bookshop and café. There is so much here to discover and learn.

Times

The basics

Suitability

Family friendly

Accessibility

Some areas might not be fully accessible to all visitors. The ground floor of the workhouse is accessible via ramps. There are stairs to all other floors, cellars and exercise yards. A virtual tour and photos are available for the cellars and upper floors. There is an accessible lift to the first floor of the Infirmary. For full access details please visit our website.

Contact info

Property Administrator

Upcoming events

Event

Written on the Workhouse Walls 

Watch out for thieves or hit the road quick? Become a secret sign sleuth with Written on the Workhouse Walls, a fun family trail to celebrate the bicentenary of the Workhouse.

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on
24 Jul to 26 Jul 2024
at
10:30 to 16:00
+ 2 other dates or times
Event

Becher Walk 

Step back in time and join Reverend John T. Becher, founder of The Workhouse, on a tour of Southwell.

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on
24 Jul to 30 Oct 2024
at
10:45 to 12:30
+ 14 other dates or times
Event

Workhouse Walkers 

Come and enjoy a social walk around Southwell and discover more of the local area surrounding The Workhouse.

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on
26 Jul 2024
at
10:30 to 12:00
Event

Written on the Workhouse Walls 

Step back in time at The Workhouse and Infirmary. Meet our costumed characters and learn about what life was like for the inmates who lived here.

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on
27 Jul to 1 Aug 2024
at
10:30 to 16:00
+ 1 other date or time