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The Ripon Museum Trust exists to present to the widest possible audience the regional story of law and order and the treatment of the poor; and what lessons these have for the future, interpreted through the three museums and collections.
The RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY from its inception in 1968 had been concerned at the lack of museum coverage in the City which has resulted from the closure of the City Museum at Thorpe Prebend House in 1956. This was to be made worse by the closure of the Wakeman’s House Museum in 1987. The Society had continued to press the Local Authorities to provide premises for another museum.
In 1981 the Old Liberty Prison (built in 1816) became vacant and it was decided to set up the Ripon Museum Trust with the intention of opening up the Ripon Prison and Police Museum there. Ripon Museum Trust was granted chartable status in 1982.
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