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Welcome to the
Friends of Gressenhall

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A small charity with a great heart. (Charity Registration number 270465)  


   We formed in 1975, aiming to promote, support, assist and improve Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life,  raising funds to support both the Museum and the many volunteers who make this living working museum such a special place.

The Friends of Gressenhall is a member of the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAfM)

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Download the Friends latest newsletters
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Join the Friends of Gressenhall

As a Friend you are supporting the museum's development, and can also access a number of benefits including:

  • The Friends' newsletter (via email or in print)

  • Free entry to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse as many times as you wish during the season (on normal opening days), with free or reduced entry fees to special events*

  • Invitations to Friends only events

  • 10% discount in the Mardlers’ Rest Café (on their own products) and in the museum shop

  • Discounted entry to other Norfolk Museum Service (NMS) museums and in their shops and cafés

  • You can potentially join the Friends Executive Committee if you wish to become more involved in supporting the Museum

*subject to pricing offered by the Norfolk Museum Service and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life.


Kingsman - Friends of Gressenhall purchased two new Suffolk Punch horses for Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life, Kingsman and Jack
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How to become a Friend of Gressenhall

Adventure playground at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life. The original playground was funded by the Friends of Gressenhall.
Refurbishment of the Wildlife garden, maintained by volunteers
The Cafe garden is maintained by the Volunteer Friends

Friends Membership
2024 season




            Adult                                           £25.00

            Adult Concession (over 65)       £24.00

            Child (aged 5 to aged 17)         £20.00

            Family - two adults & up to 6 children   


            Family - one adult & up to 6 children    


             Payments can be made via

             Direct Debit, Cheques or Cash

            see the Application form for details




     Download an application form

for membership

    If you have any queries 

    please contact

the Membership Secretary at 

Apply here

Volunteer Friends




                        Friends of Gressenhall offers

                        complementary membership to

                        over one hundred regular museum


                        Known as Volunteer Friends, they

                        work in teams supporting the

                        Museum with Collections, Library,

                        Research (including remotely),

                        Engineers, Learning, Farm,

                        Conservation, Gardeners, Team

                        Panhard and Workhouse Trail




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Other ways to support us

  • Cash donation boxes  -  at various places around the site, including  the entrance foyer, gift shop and farm

  • Recipe cards - available to purchase in the Farmhouse kitchen 

  • Secondhand bookshop in the courtyard - throughout the museum's open season. Purchase books, or donate good quality  books to be sold there

  • Make a donation - send us a cheque or make a BACS payment

  • Leave a small bequest to the Friends of Gressenhall in your Will      (Charity Registration number 270465)

  • Follow us on Facebook - discover how we are supporting Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life  

  • Facebook
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The Friends have helped with
many purchases and projects including...

The playground has been modernised. The original was funded by the Friends
Refurbishment of the wildlife garden, maintained by volunteers
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Take a break from following the stamper trail on Friend's benches in the Courtyard
The Farmers Foundry Steam Engine was refurbished with some help from the Friends
Contributions were made to the Voices of the Workhouse project, re-display and research
In 1979 the Friends took over the rent for Union Farm to ensure that it became part of the Museum
The 'mechanics' which control the clock face, displayed upstairs in the Collections gallery was refurbished with Friends donations
Bought all Suffolk Punch horses, carts and equipment
Supported restoration and repairs to the 1899 Panhard et Levassor
Join the Committee or consider becoming a Trustee
Home: Contact

Contact Friends of Gressenhall

Write to us at:

Friends of Gressenhall

c/o Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse
NR20 4DR

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