We visited Roots of Norfolk at Gressenhall 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 18th 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
|Kids can have fun in the adventure playground
If we had wanted to find out all the details of
the miserable lives lead by many in the 18th 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
There was also a free hour-long tour with a guide
but we all found this tedious and ducked out after the first 10
Since it was our day off, we preferred to go for
pleasure rather than education although we learnt some things along
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