even in the holidays at the revamped museum.
family visit to Gressenhall Norfolk Rural Life Museum and Union
Farm (rebranded as ‘Roots’ of Norfolk), which has just reopened
after a multi-million pound revamp.
gets to grips with the water pump
Caitlin, aged 7.
favourite part of the museum was the school because you
can dress up and pretend you’re the teacher, pretend you’re
a student, a dunce and even an assembly piano player.
You can actually feel you were there at the time.
farm was fun and I liked milking the cow best - and carrying
I thought it was a really fun day. The tour was rather
the Gressenhall Norfolk Rural Life museum on a hot Monday in
the summer break.
was that it would be a show place for a heap of old farm implements
in which none of the family would have any interest.
could be further from the truth. The museum consists of a large
the 18 century workhouse building, with other buildings in the
grounds recreating a family cottage, two shops, a blacksmith's
and a school.
50 acres of grounds including the farm and although we spent
five hours we still didn’t get round all of it.
If we had
wanted to find out all the details of the miserable lives lead
by many in the 18 century workhouse which forms the central
building of the museum, there was plenty of information.
was mainly told through the recorded lives of particular inmates.
This was delivered imaginatively around the site through boards,
press button stories, videos, and handsets in the main building.
also a free hour-long tour with a guide but we all found this
tedious and ducked out after the first 10 minutes. Since
it was our day off, we preferred to go for pleasure rather than
education although we learnt some things along the way.
the cow was a hit with both girls.
Isobel, 5, liked best - and why>>>