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10 February 2020

February’s Object of the Month

February’s Object of the Month is a book containing photographs and information about criminals arrested in Scarborough. ‘Photograph Book No. 8’ originates from the Scarborough Borough Police Force, and it contains ‘mugshots’ of approximately 700 arrested persons, along with the personal details about each individual and his or her alleged offences. The volume dates from the 192…

13 January 2020

A New Home for our Collections

For the past year, we have been creating a new home for some of our museum collections. When we vacated our old offices in the summer of 2018, we knocked down the dividing wall to create a bigger space that could be used as a museum store. The room was stripped out and painted and vinyl flooring replaced the old carpet.…

08 January 2020

Object of the Month - a female police officer’s cap

Object of the Month for January is a female police officer’s cap, from York City Police, dating from about the 1960s. The cap is made from black felt and white fabric, with a chequered band and a chrome cap badge, inscribed with ‘York City Police’ with the Queen’s Crown above. The cap has a…

06 December 2019

Object of the Month

December’s Object of the Month is a certificate awarded by the Royal Humane Society to Police Constable John Herbert Hughes of the West Riding Constabulary. PC Hughes was awarded the certificate in 1925 for restoring the life of a boy dragged from Skipton Canal. The certificate is printed on parchment and mounted and framed. It has been signed by…

30 October 2019

Object of the Month - a Vagrant’s Nightshirt

November’s Object of the Month is a nightshirt, worn by a vagrant in Knaresborough Workhouse. It dates from between 1930 and 1945. The nightshirt is made from a coarse material, known as drabbet. It has been stamped with the initials ‘WRCC’, which stand for West Riding County Council, and the words ‘MEN TRAMP WARD’. The nightshirt…

01 August 2019

Object of the Month: Police Jiu Jitsu

Object of the Month: Police Jiu Jitsu Early 20th century policing can conjure up many images; a bobby on the beat with his whistle, truncheon, and a familiar but stern “Ello, ello, ello”. But an image we might not usually associate with interwar policing is Jiu Jitsu. August’s Object of the Month features an instructional police…

09 July 2019

Policing the Great Yorkshire Show

Policing the Great Yorkshire Show The 161st Great Yorkshire Show started today at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. The event showcases the best of British farming, food and countryside, as well as first class entertainment. As one of the biggest agricultural events in the English calendar, and with more than 130,000 visitors and over 8500 animals in attendance, the show requires…

01 July 2019

Object of the Month - Mary Clancy’s Criminal Record Sheet

Object of the Month: July -  is a criminal record sheet for Mary Clancy. The record sheet records basic details about Mary Clancy, along with the crimes she committed between 1895 and 1914. It provides the date, the name in which the person was convicted, the place of the offence, the offence itself and the sentence. You can see Mary Clancy…

23 May 2019

Object of the Month - the story behind two photographs

May’s Object of the Month is a pair of photographs of John William Thornton, who served as a police officer in Leeds in the early 20th century. John William Thornton was born on 11 June 1885 in Headingley to James and Alice Thornton. In the 1891 census, the family – James, Alice, John and 5 siblings - were living in Headingley, and…

23 May 2019

Anthony Chadwick retires as trustee at AGM

This year’s AGM marked a milestone in the story of Ripon Museums with the retirement  of Anthony Chadwick as a trustee. Anthony’s involvement with the Trust goes back to its early years in the 1980s and he has been involved throughout with the development of its unique trio of law and order museums. His…

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