23 May 2019

Object of the Month - the story behind two photographs

May’s Object of the Month is a pair of photographs of John William Thornton, who served as a police officer in Leeds in the early 20th century. John William Thornton was born on 11 June 1885 in Headingley to James and Alice Thornton. In the 1891 census, the family – James, Alice, John and 5 siblings - were living in Headingley, and…

23 May 2019

Anthony Chadwick retires as trustee at AGM

This year’s AGM marked a milestone in the story of Ripon Museums with the retirement  of Anthony Chadwick as a trustee. Anthony’s involvement with the Trust goes back to its early years in the 1980s and he has been involved throughout with the development of its unique trio of law and order museums. His…

15 April 2019

Helen Thornton announced as new Ripon Museum Trust Director

Ripon Museum Trust is very pleased to welcome Helen Thornton as their new Director. Helen has worked in the heritage and culture sector for 25 years mainly in public sector museums, galleries and government agencies in the North of England including Liverpool, Rotherham, Manchester, Leeds and Bradford.  Most recently, Helen has been Manager of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford…

08 April 2019

Object of the Month - a chair

April’s Object of the Month is a chair, on display in the corridor of vagrants’ cells at the Workhouse Museum. The chair has been labelled as a “restraining chair”, with interpretation about the treatment of people with mental illnesses within the workhouse system in the 1800s. However, our Curator, Leah Mellors, has her doubts about…

10 March 2019

Easter hunt for signs of Spring in the Workhouse Garden

Come to Ripon Workhouse Gardens this Easter to hunt for signs of Spring. In the Vegetable Garden  - spot our heritage vegetable seedlings like Mr James Scarlet Intermediate Carrots and Egyptian Turnip Rooted Beetroot.  - read about how vegetables were used in the Victorian Workhouse and pick up tips on how to grow your own in…

03 March 2019

March Object of the Month - Finger printing

Booklet; Finger Print Clues, 1925 This booklet, entitled ‘Finger Print Clues: Notes on Finger Print Clues Left By Criminals At Places Where Crime Has Been Committed’, was published in 1925 by New Scotland Yard. The preface of the booklet reads: “This pamphlet has been prepared for the information of Police who may have occasion to engage in the investigation…

05 February 2019

Learning to read stories from the Workhouse

The award-winning Learning Team at Ripon Museum Trust arranged an educational and exciting session for both staff and volunteers this week when hours of research into stories from the workhouse, house of correction, and courthouse were revealed by museum volunteers Sue Dennison and Christine Price, who told us the hugely compellng stories of ‘urchins, sprogs and guttersnipes’ -…

28 January 2019

What would a week without volunteers look like?

What would a week without volunteers look like?   For Ripon Museum Trust and many other organisations and services it would be a very different week. The social and economic impact of volunteering across the UK is immense and Ripon is no exception with a wide variety of volunteering opportunities available. Volunteers are the glue that holds our…

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…

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