Upcoming Events

‘Stolen Things’ at The Courthouse Museum

9 February 2019 - 31 May 2019

Stolen Things installed, excerpt, 2019 from Paul Rooney on Vimeo. Stolen Things focuses on the 'voice' of 14 year's old Ann Lupton, a former defendant accused of shoplifting in 1853. The artwork's spoken and sung words and sounds are created using a variety of courses including the childhood memories of Ripon Museum volunteers, the chords of the Taylor Swift song…

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Come along and see the Secrets in the Cellar exhibition at the Prison & Police Museum, 4th March - 12th May.   Deep underground below Ripon Town Hall, Ripon Museum staff and volunteers work to catalogue, pack and research the museum's objects and stories. Secrets in the Cellar reveals what happens behind the scenes at the museum…

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Victorian Easter at the Workhouse

15 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
Weekdays only - Mon-Fri

Victorian Easter at the Workhouse 11am - 4pm Mon 15th April - Fri 19th April  Mon 22nd April - Fri 26th April Marble your Easter Eggs and trim your bonnets! We’re celebrating Easter Victorian style at the Workhouse. Make marbled eggs and weave a willow nest to put them in and find out about how Victorian children…

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Live at the Workhouse

27 April 2019 - 28 April 2019

Gardening, cooking, teaching, laundry, nursing - it took a lot of work to keep the Workhouse running.  In this live event, find and watch the staff, inmates and vagrants of the Workhouse working aross the site.  What job would you have been suited to? This live event is included in the usual admission prices.

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Son of Town Hall

3 May 2019 - 4 May 2019

Ripon Museum Trust is pleased to introduce Son of Town Hall  -  "It’s part balladry, part performance art, and totally cool. … Think Simon & Garfunkel lost at sea, and you get a sense of the mythic world at play here." - Philadelphia Inquirer “Sensational!” - John Platt, WFUV “Nothing short…

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Do you have criminals, victims of crime, workhouse inmates, or vagrants in your family tree?  As part of Local History Month, join Ripon Museums, the North Yorkshire County Record Office and Our Criminal Past to discover how to trace workhouse or criminal stories in your family history. Tickets £5.00 on sale soon

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Was that a movement in the shadows? Did you hear chains clanking in the corridor? Don't let the flickering light play tricks on you as you experience Ripon Liberty Prison by candlelight.  Part of the Museums at Night, this event is aimed at adults.  Please note that the tour will be conducted by candlelight and floors…

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Rogues and Vagabonds

17 June 2019 - 7 December 2019

Vagrants, tramps, rogues and vagabonds, beggars: the 'houseless poor' have regularly been the target of government legislation and police attention.  Ripon Museum's summer exhibition explores vagrancy during the Victorian period within the workhouse, prison and court systems, and examines the realities of homelessness today. Entry to this exhibition is included within usual admission prices.

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