In celebration of Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s 95th anniversary, we have spent the last year working with the Trust and local community groups to put together a temporary exhibit that delves into the history and wildlife of Norfolk’s common land. Historically, commons were a vital source of fuel, firewood, fish, wildfowl and pastureland for ordinary people.
The exhibition is a mix of interpretation panels, historical exhibits, film footage and a sculpted common, complete with wildlife, created by the local community during lockdown.
It explores local Hoe and Litcham Commons and the importance of commons to Gypsy, Romany and Traveller communities today and in the past, featuring objects kindly loaned by members of these communities.
The exhibition is also supported by an exciting event programme, including Demonstration Sundays from 29 July to 5 September, where you can learn from professional craftspeople about the activities that may have happened on the common, such as scything, wood turning and cooking using foraged foods. There will also be a programme of children’s summer holiday activities inspired by the exhibition – check our website for details!
Admission to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is £13.90 for adults, £13.20 for concessions and £12.90 for children, and includes access to the exhibitions, galleries, farm, gardens, adventure playground and 50-acre grounds. Cheaper family tickets are available for different combinations of adults and children. All tickets must be booked in advance and will not be available on the door – please visit http://ow.ly/ZPCF50F7e3T.
The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with last admission at 3 p.m. We will close for the winter season on 1 November.