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16 August 2013
Temporary Exhibition at The Prison & Police Museum,
St Marygate, Ripon
until 30th November 2013.
Until 2 Sept: every day 10am-4pm
From 3 Sept – 30 November every day from 1- 4pm
This is an exhibition of previously unseen criminal records from Ripon Museum Trust’s archive presenting photographs (mug shots) taken between 1877 and 1930.
The exhibition presents records and images from our collection of North Yorkshire Criminal Records. These include, Ripon Liberty Court Record Book 1915 – 1926;
records saved from Gainsborough Police station and a large record book from Scarborough Police Station, which has over 750 records dating from 1908 to 1932 .
We do not know much more than the records tell us about the people pictured and we are interested to see if any visitors could help us to find out more; we ask any visitor recognising any names or faces to let us know.
Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, Dave Jones, said on opening the exhibition:
“This is a truly fascinating insight into how police investigations and methods of tracing suspects have evolved over the past 130 years or so.
“Preserving and bringing to life the rich history of the police service is very important to demonstrate how we, as a society, have developed our modern day system of law and order.
“I congratulate the team at the museum for their outstanding efforts, and I hope the people of North Yorkshire and beyond take the opportunity to view the new exhibition and everything else the Prison and Police Museum has to offer.”
The museums are open to individual visitors, groups and school parties during the opening hours given above. We also open at other times by prior arrangement for group and school visits.
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