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Title - Extra Norfolk

Worries melt away on a great family day out
in the school.
School even in the holidays at the revamped museum.

A 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.

water pump.
Caitlin gets to grips with the water pump

by Caitlin, aged 7.

My 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.

The farm was fun and I liked milking the cow best - and carrying the yoke.

Overall I thought it was a really fun day. The tour was rather boring.

We visited the Gressenhall Norfolk Rural Life museum on a hot Monday in the summer break.

My worry 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.

Nothing 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.

There are 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.

The history 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.

There was 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.

Milking the cow was a hit with both girls.

What Isobel, 5, liked best - and why>>>

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