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23 May 2017

Cooking up a Pauper’s Lunch

This week's Q&A is with Professional Chef Gaynor Eden who will be cooking up food history as she prepares to create an accurate representation of a Victorian pauper's meal in 1861 as part of a new artwork, Consumption by Pippa Hale. Using traditional ingredients, recipes and cooking techniques and working with a small team of…

16 May 2017

Curator Corner: the stories behind the objects

Find out more about some of the objects in our collection with curator Anthony Chadwick…who explains the history behind these... A group of 18th and 19th Century law books  These books were studied here in Ripon over three centuries. They remind us of the great antiquity of our common and statute law. Many matters had to be…

24 April 2017

Ten Essential Victorian Cycling Facts & Tips

With ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ fever mounting we have some handy Victorian tips for riding a Penny Farthing. Have a read then visit the Workhouse Museum this Saturday (29 April) to try riding one  – it’s not as easy as you may think! 1: The Penny Farthing was the first machine to be called a bicycle. It&rsquo…

05 April 2017

A week in the Life: Of a Museum Learning Manager

Discover more about a week in the life of a Museum Learning Manager, as Ripon Museums very lovely Carrie Philip shares her daily diary... Monday Start of another week. Planning day with the office Learning Team. Catch up with Katy, my assistant to see how the staffing for this week’s school and group visits is going. Looking…

20 March 2017

Urchins, Sprogs and Guttersnipes - The Facts!

Here are a few facts taken from our new displays which tell the tales of not so lucky children in Victorian Ripon… #1 An Urchin is a young boy or girl, especially poorly or raggedly dressed #2 A Sprog is a youngster, child, a baby, from the word ‘sprag’ meaning a slip or cutting from a plant #3 Guttersnipe,…

13 March 2017

A Volunteer’s Journey

Without the fantastic help of our volunteers we would find it very difficult to run our three museums. This week, Phil Hall, one of our volunteers shares his experiences of volunteering with us... "It’s now been a year since my wife and I agreed to start volunteering for Ripon Museums. We had never planned to volunteer we…

06 March 2017

Dark Tourism - What’s it all about?

Rhiannon Pickin is a Crime and Penal Heritage Researcher exploring our collections…she explains more about her interest for dark tourism sites and crime heritage in this week's Q&A. Interested? If you would like to come along to her focus group at the Workhouse Museum on Friday 24th March at 11am then please…

26 February 2017

Dementia Friendly Museums

We have recently been part of a pilot project to develop museum activities for people living with dementia, ranging from rag-rugging, to printmaking and pottery. Wendy Hunwick-Brown, Ripon Museums’ Volunteer Manager Our museums and galleries offer a wonderful welcoming and interesting space for people to experience something new. By taking part in this 6 week project we wanted to offer…

20 February 2017

New Culture and Connections Project

Coordinator Helen Young introduces our new ‘Culture and Connections’ project in this week's guest blog...  Hello, I am the Culture & Connections Coordinator at Ripon Museums. I started in my role in mid January and am looking forward to supporting people to get involved in this new project. Culture and connections is…

10 February 2017

Q&A with Bioarchaeologist Rebecca Gowland

Find out more about what its like to be a Bioarchaeologist in our Q&A with Rebecca Gowland, who will be leading a short hands on workshop/talk at Ripon Museums on Sat 18 February as part of our new programme.  1.      What did you want to be when you grew up…

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