Events

Punishment week!

Mon 23 Oct - Fri 27 Oct Activities 11am - 4pm



Discover more about Victorian Punishments in the Workhouse this half term with finger stocks, back straighteners and punishment trails in store. These ‘fun’ family activities reveal the strict Yorkshire Workhouse regime that was in place for young and old in the past. There will also be seasonal baking and craft activities to enjoy during your visit: bake spiced apple biscuits and make Halloween dunces caps and scarey spiders!

The Master will be dealing out punishments for unruly children and disobedience! Find out what life was like for pupils in a Victorian schoolroom: try on the dunce’s hat and use the back straightener, a common punishment for slouching in class.

Explore the gruesome punishments given out for bad behavior when boys would be flogged with a rod for rebellious behaviour, or locked in a refractory (stubborn) cell for the day for breaking the Workhouse rules? Peek into a Halloween themed cell and see whether you fancy spending a day in there on your own!

Follow the ‘punishment trail’ around the Workhouse, meet the ever so strict Matron and School Master and hope they are in a forgiving mood! If that all sounds slightly scarey there will also be fun baking and craft activities to enjoy during your visit; bake spiced apple biscuits, and create crafts such as Halloween dunces caps and spiders!

Punishment Week at the Workhouse Museum, Ripon runs from Mon 23 October to Fri 27 October, with half term activities on offer from 11am – 4pm every day.  Museum entry applies

Workhouse Museum

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