08 January 2019

New Direction for Ripon Museum Trust Director

James Etherington, Director at Ripon Museum Trust, will be leaving his post on 24th January to take up the position of Director at Kiplin Hall and Gardens. Throughout James’ time at the Trust, he has overseen the building of a strong staff team, and a committed and growing volunteer team.  James commented “It wasn’t an…

03 December 2018

Object of the Month: December - a cigarette tin

December’s Object of the Month is a cigarette tin, dating from World War II, which shows the coat of arms of Leeds City Council and the words ‘Christmas 1944’. This object was donated to the museum in 2004 and was sent to the donor’s father. During World War II, there were various campaigns and collection funds…

28 November 2018

Ripon Museums through the eyes of young volunteers

From the 12th to the 16th of November it was #Iwill week in which young volunteers across the country made pledges for social action. Within the workhouse young volunteers Poppy and Lucy took over our Instagram; here are some of their experiences volunteering with the the Ripon Museums.... #getinvolved. Studying A Level History at the local grammar school we were…

15 November 2018

The History of Police Headgear

Development of police hats We’ve been working on a project to clean, photograph, document and re-pack our collection of hats and helmets. We have over 220 helmets, hats and caps in the collection, mostly relating to police forces in Yorkshire and the Humberside. Research Volunteer Emily Ward has been investigating the history of headgear in the police. The police…

01 November 2018

Object of the Month - the Bath

November’s Object of the Month is a bath, used in Ripon Union Workhouse. It was found in the isolation hospital at the workhouse but is now on display in the Vagrants’ Wing of the museum, to illustrate the cleaning and disinfection process used on vagrants when they entered the workhouse.   Vagrants in the Workhouse In 1834, a…

09 October 2018

Homeless not Faceless on Tour

HOMELESS NOT FACELESS ON TOUR Our popular exhibition, Homeless Not Faceless, which was displayed at the Workhouse Museum earlier this year, is currently touring venues in Harrogate.  The exhibition features the stories and photographs of ten people who have given their own accounts of being homeless. The exhibition was created by Ripon Museums in partnership with the Harrogate Homeless…

09 October 2018

October’s Object of the Month is an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) whistle, dating from World War II.

October’s Object of the Month is an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) whistle, dating from World War II.  It is one a collection of ARP whistles that were donated to Ripon Museum Trust by West Yorkshire Police. The whistles are not currently on display but stored and cared for in our museum store. ARP whistles are essentially the…

03 September 2018

Object of the Month - the Guardian’s Chair

Our Object of the Month for September 2018 is an imposing chair used by the chairman of the board of Guardians of Ripon Union Workhouse. Stylistically, the chair appears to date from the early Victorian period, suggesting that it could have been used at the Ripon Union Workhouse from the very beginning of its history. Ripon Union Workhouse was built in 1854,…

06 August 2018

Alice in Ripon

One of Britain’s most popular novels, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, may have been inspired by the city of Ripon.   Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, lived in Ripon as a young man. His father was canon of Ripon Cathedral from 1852 until 1858 and Carroll spent a lot of his…

31 July 2018

Object of the Month - Model of the Wakeman’s House

Object of the Month Model of the Wakeman’s House Our first Object of the Month, for August 2018, is a model of the Wakeman’s House, one of the most recognisable buildings in Ripon. The model was made by Jack Halliwell of Harrogate, who donated it to Ripon Museum Trust’s collections in July 2018. The model was…

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