To celebrate 20 years since the National Trust opened The Workhouse and Infirmary to the public, visitors can experience a unique photographic exhibition looking back at the restoration of the site, starting Wednesday 16th February.
The anniversary display, entitled ‘Care and Conservation’, will feature a collection of 20 unpublished pictures going back to 1998. They give an insight into the original condition of the site and the work carried out to preserve and protect this special place. They will feature throughout the main building, offering reflection and conversation.
The Workhouse team have also developed engaging ways to discover the history of the site spanning over 160 years. Building on digital technology including handheld devices that allow visitors to interact in their own way at their own pace, the new board-room table offers a visual and audio experience telling the astonishing tale of one inmate. There is an updated selection of objects and virtual installations that have their own authentic voice, such as an inmate punishment book, and even the sound of snoring in one of the men’s wards!
Younger visitors can enjoy an entertaining pest trail throughout the half term. All Workhouse explorers are welcome to take advantage of new reflective spaces, offering opportunities to pause and ponder on their visit with some mindful activities.
The Workhouse re-opens on Wednesday 16th February (10.30am to 4.00pm, last entry 3.00pm) and is open Wednesday to Sunday. For more information and the latest opening dates/times go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-workhouse-and-infirmary or follow @NTWorkhouse on social media.
Photo courtesy of Arnhel De Serra