The Workhouse, Southwell


The Workhouse, Southwell (National Trust) is the most complete workhouse in existence. Built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute, its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country.

The rural workhouse was designed to house around 160 inmates. They lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment with virtually no contact between the old and infirm, able-bodied men and women and children

The stories of those who lived and worked here in the 1840s help bring the building to life and prompt reflection on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.

New Opportunities Award beneficiary Tim Shore is creating an artist's film installation with The Workhouse as part of New Expressions 3.