April 2017

Suffragettes in Prison

8 April 2017

This special event will uncover the experience of suffragettes in prison in the early twentieth century. Join history expert Rhiannon Pickin to find out what happened to females campaigning for equal rights when they were imprisoned. Before the start of the First World War around one thousand suffragettes were imprisoned in Britain. Research has revealed that whilst in prison they…

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Spring Cleaning at the Workhouse

10 April 2017 - 21 April 2017
Activities weekdays only i.e. 10 - 14 April & 17 - 21 April

Find out the true meaning of elbow grease in the Workhouse this Easter! Family fun with a twist...Make old time cleaning products, have a go at rug beating and gardening. Find out how people did their laundry and a host of other chores in the days before washing machines and vacuum cleaners! Activities are free but…

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Ella Dzelzainis, Lecturer in 19th Century literature at Newcastle University is talking on ‘Dickens, the Workhouse and the Fallen Woman’.  Discover how Charles Dickens, in works such as Oliver Twist (1838) exposed how the Poor Law, in particular the Bastardy Clause of 1834, condemned so many poor women and their illegitimate children to lives of shame and misery,…

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Tour de Workhouse

29 April 2017

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Ever fancied riding a Penny Farthing? Pop along and try Victorian cycling out at the Workhouse Museum with the one and only ‘Mr Phoebus Penny Farthing Experience’ (both child & adult Penny Farthing sizes sizes will be available as well as safety helmets!) There will also be bloomer racing, a pop up cafe and…

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