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…

04 February 2017

Art Project explores Workhouse Food

This week we have a guest blog from artist Pippa Hale who is working on a thought provoking new commission, Consumption, which explores social history at the Workhouse Museum… Pippa Hale pictured at the Workhouse Museum site I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Ripon Museums Trust to create a new site-specific artwork for the former Dining…

29 January 2017

Exciting opening events planned for 2017…

Our first blog of 2017 is by Museum Director James Etherington... It seems like only a few days ago we were waving goodbye to our last visitors of the season at the Christmas event and here we are. Our volunteers are doing our spring cleaning (always optimistic that spring will start early), having the preseason meetings and ordering all the supplies…

29 October 2015

Hedgehog Corridor in the Workhouse Garden

Hedgehogs are a quintessential part of the British Countryside but find themselves in danger, with numbers dropping. This video shows what the Workhouse Garden Volunteers, along with the RHS and a local school, have been doing lately to improve the Garden to make it a much more welcoming home for our spikey little friends. Another appearance too from our…

07 July 2015

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Sunday 28th June witnessed our Mad Hatter's Tea Party, to celbrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A whole range of activities took place, including a Punch & Judy show, croquet on the lawn and an escapology attempt.

15 August 2014

Noble Bloods

 Noble Bloods exhibition.     Since graduating from the University of Sunderland with an MA in Fine Art in 2007 and another in Curatorial Practice in 2008, Louise Marchal has continued her creative practice as an artist alongside research for her recent book Finding Frances - the biography of Frances Darlington (sculptor). This resulted in a body of work inspired by…

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