More about the Friends of Gressenhall (FoG)
DURING OUR MANY YEARS of support for the Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, the Charity has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the benefit of the Museum, and has supported the many volunteers who work to make the Museum such a special place.
The organisation was crucial in the early days of the Museum’s life, both in helping to organise volunteers to support the work and when – for the first ten years – they paid the rent and managed the farm until it was later adopted by Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (now Norfolk Museums Service).
WHO ARE WE?
Friends of Gressenhall (FoG) is the Charity (Reg. No. 270465) that supports the work of the Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Museum.
FoG was founded in 1975.
PROJECTS FUNDED BY FoG INCLUDE:
Restoration of the Museum clock on the Workhouse building.
Purchase of all the Suffolk Horses for the Museum, helping to promote this rare breed.
Raised funding of £40,000 for an Exhibition Hall.
Supported the restoration of the leatherwork, gearbox and radiator for the 1899 Panhard et Lavassor vintage car. www.teampanhard.org
The Friends of Gressenhall added almost £10,000 in funding for the Land Girls and Lumber Jills’ Gallery.
A contribution of £20,000 made towards the Voices of the Workhouse project
Without that contribution the farm would not be part of the Museum as it is today.
Today, the Charity not only continues to fund-raise to support the Museum but it also supports the team of over 120 regular volunteers who work so hard to make the Museum so special.
What they say...
Barbara, one of our volunteers, told us: “It’s fun – and it’s so rewarding to see our youngsters get a better understanding of life as it used to be . . .”
Richard, our Farm manager, said: “We’re always on hand to talk [to visitors] about the rare breeds on the Farm . . .”