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07 September 2012
• As part of Heritage Open Days, Ripon Museum Trust is letting the public explore the Workhouse Garden and newly restored Workhouse Piggery on Saturday 8th September and on Sunday 9 September the Workhouse, focusing especially on our smallest rooms - and you don’t have to spend a penny! The Garden and Piggery will be FREE to explore on the Saturday and the Workhouse will be FREE to explore on the Sunday.
• The Workhouse Garden is a restored 1890’s kitchen garden located behind the Workhouse on Allhallowgate, This is your chance to meet out volunteer gardeners and explore the garden with our children’s trails and meet the workhouse pig trying to come out of the newly restored piggery.
• At the Workhouse we are opening our two historical toilets. The old outside privy which dates from 1850’s and our 1920’s Tramps loo, which was still in use up until 2008!
To help you explore we have a potty trail around the museum; full of toilet facts and jokes, learn how the Victorian poor made loo paper and a find out a brief history of the toilet.
‘We are looking forward to making a feature of these often overlooked places in the museum’ says Head of Museums Sue Dalton
• The Workhouse Garden is open Saturday 8 September 10am – 4pm admission FREE and the Workhouse museum is open Sunday 9 September 2pm – 4pm admission is FREE
No booking required just turn up on the day. Normal admission prices apply outside the time and dates specified
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Jay our trainee PCSO enjoying his first day on placement as a rag rugging Workhouse vagrant pic.twitter.com/Ssmw5thucH