Collaboration installed within the Rural Lives exhibition. Maggie Jackson was inspired by J. A. Mortram’s biographical narratives that accompany his powerful photographs. Her response was a pair of life drawings in stitch of a local lady who lives in rural isolation as a result of chronic agoraphobia.
Heather Ryder’s poetry was inspired by J. A. Mortram’s photographs and her own experiences of growing up and living in Rural Norfolk.
Adrian Vaughan – writer and historian. by Mary Thatcher
Hannah Jackson created this doll to represent the Guardian of the Soil and the Caretaker of Rural Traditions, envisaged as a Scarecrow or – more appropriately – a Mawkin. The figure is modelled on a 90-year old neighbour ‘UP’. ‘UP’ is a full time carer for his housebound wife.
Old Soul by Lisa Little. Made in response after viewing the photographic image of an elderly woman and research into the hidden side of rural homelessness. This boot, made from recycled roofing lead, has writing across its surface which are 2017 quotes from Shelter, Public Health England, The Guardian, The Independent and the Big Issue.
Reminiscences of a pet jackdaw by Sarah Rockliff. ‘During the Inspiration Day I was particularly attracted to one of the photos on display. It showed a boy on a bicycle with a pet jackdaw perching on the handlebars. I was reminded of our own rescued jackdaw. I created this felted model jackdaw and searched our family scrapbooks to find the EDP article that was printed at the time in 1991.’
Artist Fred White worked with visitors to create life sized workhouse dolls inspired by our collections.
Creating a Stir. Over 300 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds from throughout Norfolk contributed an individual spoon doll to the ‘Creating a Stir’ art installation which will be displayed at the opening of the new galleries at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.
UEA drama promenade performance. Students created a family drama workshop and performed a promenade piece on site and at the UEA studio.
Students from Carleton College, Minnesota explored the material culture of the workhouse, excavating and interpreting early 20th century glass and pottery from the grounds.
Staff and volunteers had a go at creative writing based on the theme of Voices from the Workhouse.
Heritage groups from Wickleood, Aylsham and Downham Market created temporary exhibitions about their local workhouses.
Staff and volunteers created beautiful peg dolls inspired by the workhouse dolls in the collection.
Author Isabelle King is working on a collection of short stories featuring children from the workhouse.
Sam Ellis researched medicine in the workhouse.
Graham Rider created a painting and installation reflecting on the life of children in the workhouse.
Kate Egglestone-Wirtz created photographs and poetry after the Inspiration Day at Gressenhall.
Cardboard bricks were made by our Learning and Engagement Officer with a range of different groups after exploring the themes of separation in the workhouse. Participants decorated a brick and hid a secret inside it.
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Lisa Little was inspired by Lorina’s stitching to create textile art exploring the life of her grandmother.
Hannah Jackson created modern version of the workhouse dolls – representing a curator, live interpretation officer and trainee.
Helen Bainbridge researched the history of children in the workhouse, exploring the effect the education provided in the workhouse schools had on their lives. Maggie Jackson created a textile inspired by the worn stone steps and the boys that went up and down them.
Artist Fred White and visitors created large workhouse dolls inspired by the dolls on display.
Arcelia – soulful folk combining guitar, cajon, bass, piano have created a workhouse song inspired by Gressenhall.
Aylsham Heritage Group Heritage Group researched their local workhouse and created a temporary exhibition.
Our Learning and Engagement Officer created spoon dolls with a variety of different groups, to represent the workhouse inmates in 1871.
Diana Stickley’s “Every step tells a story”, was inspired by the worn workhouse steps. The worn tread is book like in appearance, recording more people over the years than evidence in books.
3d model of Gressenhall House of Industry around 1780 created by students of Carleton College, Minnesota
Sarah Harvey created a series of textiles workhouse dolls representing staff and inmates.
Adults took part in several creative writing courses inspired by the workhouse.
Wicklewood Heritage Group researched their local workhouse and created a temporary exhibition.
Explore some of the completed projects from the 2016 and 2017 below.