Upcoming Events

Victorian Mop Fair

12 February 2018 - 16 February 2018
Mon 12 Feb - Fri 16 Feb, 11am-4pm

Give your children a taste of the world of work Victorian style! Come along to our Victorian mop fair! Find out how servants, labourers and craftspeople found work in days gone by and what amusements were in store at these popular events! In the past Victorian domestic servants and agricultural workers would hire themselves out for a year at these…

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Game On - Special Exhibition

17 February 2018 - 13 May 2018
Open daily from 17 Feb to 13 May 2018

Map out the history of the hand-held game, from Victorian wooden toys to modern day digital games and fidget spinners. Discover how our fascination with simple, fiddly and addictive hand-busiers has developed over the decades. Have a go and find out which your favourite toys are! From rubik’s cubes to ball and cup games - there will be…

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The Real Artful Dodgers: Talk / Object Handling Session

17 February 2018
Sat 17 Feb, 2-3pm

  Find out about the real artful dodgers with Professor Heather Shore author of Artful Dodger: Youth and Crime in the Early Nineteenth Century and Professor at Leeds This is an opportunity to take a closer look at original mugshots and crime records from Ripon Museum's Collection. Tickets available from Ripon Museums £5 online or through Workhouse…

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Rural Policing Today: Talk

8 March 2018
Thurs 8 March, 2-3pm

Join us for a talk by the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan who will speak about rural policing and the challenges facing North Yorkshire today. There will be a chance for questions at the end. A Police History Project event. Workhouse Museum / please email [email protected] for tickets / £5 each

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A fun packed day of events taking place across the city at venues including The Workhouse Museum, Prison and Police Museum, Courthouse Museum, Ripon Cathedral, Town Hall, Ripon Library as well as the Market Square. Activities, information and advice for all the family with music, refreshments and much more.

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Workhouse Ceilidh

16 March 2018
Fri 16 March 6.30pm- 10pm

Enjoy a special Workhouse treat! Come along and enjoy a traditional Ceilidh, food served 7pm with dancing from 8pm Workhouse Museum / £10 per ticket includes food

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Why Prison? Their History and Legacy - Expert talk

24 March 2018
Sat 24 March, 2-3pm

Join expert Professor Thom Brooks who will reveal the dark history of prisons. Find out how the earliest prisons started out, efforts to reform, including rehabilitation in Victorian times and take part in an object handling session. Workhouse Museum / Tickets £5 please email [email protected]  to book

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Easter Holidays: Victorian Police Academy

2 April 2018 - 13 April 2018
Mon 2 - Fri 13 April, Special activities on weekdays only, 11am - 4pm

Come along to Ripon Museum’s Police Academy. Take part in themed activities at the Workhouse Museum and then pop across to the Prison and Police Museum for a trip to the cells! Workhouse Museum, Prison & Police Museum / Included with ticket

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Open Day: Prison & Police Museum

3 April 2018
Tues 3 April 1-4pm

Come along for free tours of the museum and find out about policing past and present with special activities taking place throughout the day. A Police History Project event funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. Prison & Police Museum, Included with entry

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Open Day: Prison & Police Museum

10 April 2018
Tues 10 April, 1pm-4pm

Come along for free tours of the museum and find out about policing past and present with special activities taking place throughout the day. A Police History Project event funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. Prison & Police Museum, Included with entry

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Open Day: Prison & Police Museum

17 April 2018
Tues 17 April, 1-4pm

Come along for free tours of the Prison and Police museum and find out about policing past and present with special activities taking place throughout the day. A Police History Project event funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. Prison & Police Museum, Free entry

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Explore the darker side of history with expert Allan Cox. An afternoon packed with interesting and amusing facts surrounding the hangman’s trade & chance to take part in a special object handling session. Workhouse Museum / Tickets £5 email [email protected]

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Workhouse Secret Cinema for Kids

18 May 2018
Fri 18 May 5pm

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What will we be showing, well you’ll have to come to find out? We encourage you to come in fancy dress for the screening – to get into the full action of this. You will receive more details upon purchasing your ticket. Age rating U. Tuckshop with popcorn & refreshments. A special Museums at Night event. Workhouse Museum /…

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Workhouse Secret Cinema

18 May 2018
Fri 18 May, 8pm

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What will we be showing, well you’ll have to come to find out? We encourage you to come in themed costume (Optional) for the screening to get into the full action of this. You will receive more details upon purchasing your ticket. Age rating. Bar with refreshments. A special Museums at Night event. Tickets £5 each / email …

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Outdoor Theatre: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

14 August 2018
Doors 5.30pm for performance 6.30pm

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of…

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Workhouse Folk: Tunes from the Trenches

1 September 2018
7.30pm-9.30pm

Join squeezebox maestro John Kirkpatrick when he presents a full kitbag of songs from the two World Wars. Enjoy popular hits of the day - designed to keep the spirits high, raise a smile, share a chorus, provide a moment’s respite from the horrors on every side, and give people the heart to keep going -…

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Workhouse Whodunnit: Murder Mystery Evening

22 September 2018
From 7pm

A special Workhouse Whodunnit! Join us for the ultimate Workhouse Murder Mystery Evening – sign up for a night of solving clues and colluding to discover who is guilty of a horrific crime! Bar & Refreshments Workhouse Museum / price tbc

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