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Ripon Museums are lucky to have three museums in our group, all important Victorian institutions in their original buildings - a Workhouse, a Prison & Police Station and a Courthouse. We provide a powerful learning environment in which to examine social justice in the past and today.

Law & Criminology

Tour and Trial

This is a two-museum experience which takes place in our Courthouse and Prison & Police Museums:

Prison & Police Museum

Come for a morning or afternoon tour of our 200 year old Prison & Police Museum. Built as an extention to the House of Correction, it housed vagrants, lewd women and those sentenced to hard labour before becoming a more conventional prison and nally a police station. The building itself and the interpretation covers changing attitudes to punishment and rehabilitation.

Courthouse

Take part in an historic trial in our Georgian Courthouse with all its fittings; the original dock, witness boxes, magistrates’ bench and jury bench. Students can take part an historic trial as the defendent, clerk of court, magistrate, member of the jury, witness or court reporter. The trial is acted out with a script, costumes etc and then the group can discuss whether the trial was fair and decide on a verdict and punishment. Many of our voluteers taking tours and facilitating trials were magistrates, solicitors or clerks of court themselves.

 

Social Work

Social Justice? Tour and Trial

This is a two-museum experience which takes place in our Workhouse and Courthouse Museums:

Workhouse:

Come for a tour of our Workhouse with Casuals Ward for an experience of social justice in Victorian times which begs parallels to be drawn to today. Examine the role of assessment in the Guardian‘s Room, institutional versus person-centred care in our Receiving Ward, homelessness in our Vagrants Ward and the story of evolving welfare policy in our Day Room.

Courthouse Museum:

Take part in an historic trial in our Georgian Courthouse with all its ttings; the original dock, witness boxes, magistrates’ bench and jury bench. Students can take part an historic trial as the defendent, clerk of court, magistrate, member of the jury, witness or court reporter. The trial is acted out with a script, costumes etc and then the group can discuss whether the trial was fair and decide on a verdict and punishment. The layout of the court and the step in the dock for children to stand on brings into sharp relief how justice was meted out by the rich and powerful on to the poor and illiterate.

 

Early Years and Social Care

Women and Children Tour and Trial

This is a two-museum experience which takes place in our Workhouse and Courthouse Museums:

Workhouse:

Come for a tour of our Workhouse with a focus on the experience of woman and children in this institution. While for women the Workhouse was a dreaded place oering relentless hard work and loss of liberty, for children it oered some hope. Schooling was provided, along with regular meals and the promise of employment at the age of 13 or 14.

Courthouse Museum:

Take part in an historic trial in our Georgian Courthouse with all its ttings; the original dock, witness boxes, magistrates’ bench and jury bench. Students can take part an historic trial as the defendent, clerk of court, magistrate, member of the jury, witness or court reporter. The trial is acted out with a script, costumes etc and then the group can discuss whether the trial was fair and decide on a verdict and punishment. The layout of the court and the step in the dock for children to stand on brings into sharp relief how from the age of seven you could feel the full force of the law!

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“We all had a great time and have come away with a greater understanding of the harsh reality of Victorian Childhood.”

Senior Lecturer, Childhood Studies, University of Coventry 2016
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“Thank you once again for having us and our students to visit your wonderful museums”

Lecturer, Social Policy & Crime, University of York 2015