On Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December 2015, a great many families paid a visit to Gressenhall Workhouse for the chance to enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas.
Upon arrival, the Schoolmaster, assisted by the Matron, was on hand to welcome parents and their children, to remind the youngsters to turn up at the Schoolhouse in time for their next lesson.
In Cherry Tree Cottage, Cook was demonstrating recipes from Mrs Beeton’s Christmas Cookery Book, making jellies and blancmanges.
Nearby, in the row of shops. Victorian-style table decorations were being made for visitors to take home with them.
In the Post Office, next door, under the Postmaster's guidance, children were writing their last-minute letters to Father Christmas and posting them in the letter-box.
In the Schoolhouse, there was an opportunity to discover all the letters of the alphabet, as well as many hidden robins, and for children to sit at the Victorian wooden desks and write their names on the slates with chalk.
In the Workhouse, children were able to write their names in the Register, using quill pens and ink, as well as sweeping the floors using mops and brooms.
In another room, to a very attentive audience – young and not-so-young – ghost stories were being told.
At other times of day, various other attractions were being staged, such as carol singing and feeding the 'inmates'.
The Mardler’s Rest Café seemed very popular, serving hot and cold drinks and meals.
Victorian Christmas – Photographic Album
For more information, please see www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Gressenhall