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16 June 2021

Explore My Path: Art by people in the criminal justice system at Ripon’s Prison & Police Museum

A new exhibition showcasing artwork from across the criminal justice system comes to the Prison & Police Museum in Ripon this summer, opening on Tuesday 29 June and running until Sunday 26 September 2021. My Path is a creative walk through the criminal justice system. It showcases artworks from across Yorkshire, which were submitted to the 2020 Koestler Awards for arts in the…

27 May 2021

The National Lottery Open Week returns for 2021

To say thank you for the £30million raised for good causes every week by players and to welcome people back to their happy places, The National Lottery is unlocking free entry and special offers at a range of participating venues, as part of The National Lottery Open Week. From Saturday 5 to Sunday 13…

18 May 2021

Local MP Visits the Workhouse Museum

Julian Smith MP, Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon, visited the Workhouse Museum on Friday 14 May ahead of its reopening. Mr. Smith met with Ripon Museum Trust Director Helen Thornton and Chair of Trustees Richard Taylor, for a tour of the museum site. Helen Thornton said: "After being closed since December, we're very much looking forward to reopening…

13 May 2021

Ripon Museums Launch New Exhibition to Mark Their Reopening

Three popular Ripon museums are getting ready to open their doors to visitors, after being closed since December 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Workhouse Museum, Prison & Police Museum and Courthouse Museum will reopen on Monday 17 May, with a brand-new exhibition open to visitors. Lives Unravelled is a series of textile installations created by Yorkshire-based textiles group 6-Ply. It will…

07 April 2021

Ripon’s Workhouse Museum Gardens Reopen to Visitors

Ripon Museum Trust is pleased to announce that the Workhouse Museum Gardens will reopen from Thursday 15 April, with a family-friendly trail to guide visitors around the site. The Trust’s three museums – the Workhouse Museum, Prison & Police Museum and Courthouse Museum – will reopen fully in line with the Government guidance from Monday 17 May. From Thursday 15 April,…

02 April 2021

Ripon Museums Receives Grant from Second Round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Ripon Museum Trust has received a grant of £69,350 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced…

11 March 2021

Celebrating Mothering Sunday in 1886

Elizabeth Mudd lived in a house on Allhallowgate in Ripon with her four children. Her husband was born in the area, but left home to join the Royal Engineers in London, before the two married in 1873. The family was moved around often by the army. Her oldest son, William, was born in Medway Kent in 1874, his brother Thomas was born…

24 February 2021

Local History Lights Up Ripon’s Workhouse Museum

After the success of their Christmas 2020 lighting display, which ran throughout the festive period, Ripon Museum Trust are again lighting up the Workhouse Museum with a new display that celebrates the city’s past. Entitled Serving Our Community – Images from Ripon’s Past, the new display uses historic photographs from the Ripon Re-Viewed collection, which will be…

26 January 2021

Bella’s Story: Working at Sharow View

A poorhouse has stood on Allhallowgate in Ripon since 1776, replaced by the larger union workhouse in 1854. With the introduction of the Welfare State in the late 1940s, changes were made at the workhouse that gave it a more hospitable feel and it was renamed Sharow View. By then it had become an old people’s home which survived till…

02 December 2020

Visit the Workhouse Museum this Christmas for a Festive Lighting Display

Pop down to the Workhouse Museum to enjoy a special seasonal lighting display illuminating the front of the historic building, which will run from 5.30pm to 9.30pm each evening over the Christmas period. Ripon Museum Trust, working with locally based audio-visual and lighting specialists Fusion LX, have created a festive feel to the front of the building. Helen Thornton, Director…

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