Murder at the Workhouse – Victorian Whodunnit!


A special FREE event for Heritage Open Day! A body has been found at the Workhouse! Is it murder? Find out who dunnit by following the clues through the Main Block of Ripon Workhouse. Using techniques that Victorian detectives had available, work out whether it was the Master in Schoolroom with an Abacus or the Porter in the Pantry with a pie dish (among other suspects).

Take your own mugshots, learn about crimescene photography, use a microsope, find out how to detect arsenic and more!

This is not the first body to be found at the Workhouse. In April 1856 newspapers reported:
On Saturday last, whilst some workmen were engaged in levelling a piece of ground belonging to and situated on the north-east side of the Ripon union workhouse, one of them struck his pick through a human skull; and on laying bare the soil, a perfect skeleton, measuring about four feet six in length was uncovered. This discovery caused a good deal of surprise and some excitement in the immediate neighbourhood of the workhouse, and in the town.’ Find out about other bodies and discoveries in the ground.

The Workhouse Museum has recently expanded and visitors can now visit new areas of the Main Block: the Master's study, Master's Dining Room, Pantry, the Schoolroom and the Inmates Dining Hall.

Sat 9 September 11am-4pm

Entry to the Workhouse Museum is free. 

Also available will be reduced price triple tickets allowing entry to the Prison & Police Museum and Courthouse Museum 
Adults                                   £8.50  
Concessions                        £8
Family                                  £20
Sml Family                           £12

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