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…

13 March 2014

Bobby on a Bike

Bobby on a Bike! Saturday 29 March to Sunday 10 August Prison & Police Museum, Ripon   A new exhibition at Ripon’s Prison and Police Museum, ‘Bobby on a Bike’ celebrates the role that bicycles have played in patrolling our streets over the years.   Take a closer look at a fantastic selection of historic police bikes, including…

05 February 2014

Menwith Hill Marines to scrub floors at Ripon’s Workhouse

Its all hands on deck as Marines from Menwith Hill volunteer to give Ripon’s three museums a deep clean before they reopen at February half-term.   The list of tasks the volunteers will be tackling range from mopping floors and dusting lampshades to dusting down the cobwebs and polishing brass knobs at not one but three museums, all…

20 November 2013

Happy Birthday Dr Who

Ripon Museum Trust has spent the summer restoring the inside of their replica 1950’s Scarborough Police Box and it will be free to visit on Saturday 23 November from 1pm – 4.30pm on ‘World Doctor Who Day’.   “The inside has been restored so that visitors to the Prison and Police Museum can understand what Police boxes…

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21 Apr

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