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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…

12 July 2018

The tradition of baking Wilfra Cakes to be re-instated by Ripon Museums

To celebrate the most wonderful day of the year (that’s Yorkshire Day, if there was any doubt), Ripon Museums are bringing back the Wilfra Cake, a traditional fruit tart made in Ripon as part of the festival of St Wilfra. Wilfra Cakes were made during Wilfra Week, a festival at the beginning of August to commemorate St Wilfra.…

15 May 2018

In Their Own Write: The truth about life in the Workhouse

Dr Paul Carter is 'co-investigator' in a research project which explores thousands of Pauper letters to uncover the doubts, concerns and fears of the poor, find out more in a special event on Sat 19 May more info "In the middle of January 1859, Joseph Fletcher, wrote from 2, Slaters Yard, near Foss Bridge, Walmgate in York, to the “Poor Law Board …

03 March 2018

Curator Choice: Top 5 Handheld Toys

Curator Martin Wills chooses his Top 5 handheld toys from Game ON! a new showcase of handheld toys and games at the Workhouse Museum… “Every generation has a handheld game that sums up the era. From Victorian wooden toys to Rubik’s Cubes, from Game Boys to fidget spinners, most of us at some point have…

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