We had a great day out at Gressenhall Museum, when the sun even shone for us. Museum staff pulled out all the stops, with a fascinating introduction to the workhouse by Megan Dennis, the curator who has been leading the redisplay project. She brought along objects associated with St Andrews Hospital which were handed round to everyone. A set of bone knives from the asylum were especially evocative of the lives led there by people in our Case Records.
We spent the morning in the new displays, which are very successful. We all felt that they walked a good line between showing the hardship of workhouse life and the support it offered to people in desperate circumstances.
Useful display panels made the link to contemporary social conditions. Quite exhausting though…
An excellent lunch in the conservatory was followed by a workhouse tour, and then it was off to the farm, or into the rural life collection, or browsing the shop.
A long day, but a good one.