Education and Group Visits

Children in period costume enjoying a picnic
Key Stage 1- New 2014/15 Curriculum

Be transported back in time to discover how homes have changed within living memory. Explore Granny's wartime kitchen and laundry. Have a go at rag rugging as part of Make do and Mend.

Workshop leader dressed as a prisoner talks to pupils
Key Stage 2- New 2014/15 Curriculum

Create a memorable visit to Ripon Museums.with activities that gives pupils experience of the harsh regime in the workhouse and crime and punishment through time.

A mix of people in period costume waiting by the workhouse walls
Key Stage 3

Special sessions for groups interested in aspects of social history: A Changing Society 1750 -1900; Victorian Crime and Punishment; The New Poor Law 1834.

Outreach Sessions

Make the most of your visit and pre visit preparation!

Outreach Sessions


Some of our museum sessions can be...

Loan Boxes


We offer a selection of loan boxes for classroom study and as a supplement to visits.


Special Educational Groups

If you would like to bring an adult or youth group that may require special educational activities or delivery,...

Group at Courthouse

Higher & Further Education Visits

We would be very happy to welcome your college or university group. Whether you wish to use our museums for...

We aim to develop knowledge and understanding through interaction, role play, participation, experience and investigation of Key Stage 1,2 and 3 National Curriculum and QCA programmes of study in history, literacy, personal, social, health, citizenship education, art, maths and geography.

We aim to develop positive attitudes and values through increased self-confidence and motivation as well as greater empathy and understanding towards other people and communities. Following a visit, pupils should realise how attitudes towards the poor changed during the Victorian era. Our programmes cover many of the requirements of personal, social, health and citizenship education.

We aim to develop thinking, communication and social skills through debates, decision-making and activities which focus on different interpretations of history to help children to make deductions based on historical primary sources. Children will have the opportunity to use their imagination and experience the lives of other people living in different places and times. We aim to stimulate curiosity and creativity and enable all children to experience success as learners during a memorable and enjoyable educational visit.

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From our blog:

Courtroom Drama!

21 April 2011

Put mum and dad in the Dock… What does it feel like to be a witness?... Explore our new Family Trail around Ripon’s Georgian Courthouse and decide who’s guilty and who’s not, which...

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Wonderful experience, enjoyed by all - thanks to the staff

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How to Find Us

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diners in the workhouse museum
Special Events

We can help you organise an event to remember - from ghoulish tours to delicious dinner parties and even weddings – Ripon museums offers the chance to hold something really unique!