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 projected onto the Museum, with the design created by locally based audio-visual and lighting specialists Fusion LX. The images chosen feature people such as civic leaders, emergency services and voluntary groups who have provided community service in the City in the past making the point that 'together we are stronger'.

Helen Thornton, Director of Ripon Museum Trust said: "We had some fantastic feedback from the community on our Christmas lighting display and we wanted to keep it running. After talking with Ripon Re-Viewed, we came up with the idea to display some brilliant historic photos of Ripon in days gone by, as a way to bring the community together through our shared past, at what is a difficult time for many. Hopefully the display will intrigue and inspire anyone passing by the museum on Allhallowgate.”  

Mandy Whitehead, Project Lead at Ripon Re-Viewed said: “A big thank you to the Workhouse Museum and Fusion LX for the opportunity at this time to share some of the fabulous images from Ripon’s past of local people serving our community. We hope it will give the local community an insight into life in Ripon across the years.”

The display can be viewed for two hours each evening just after dark. Ripon Museums are currently closed due to the national lockdown. Full details of the museums’ reopening will be published on our website as soon as they are available.

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