Upcoming Events

Whodunnit at the Workhouse

26 October 2021 - 29 October 2021
12pm - 3pm

Whodunnit at the Workhouse

Are you a budding Victorian sleuth? Could you have made it as an undercover inquiry agent? This October half-term, the Workhouse Whodunnit will take visitors on an interactive trail across the sites of our three museums. You will be immersed in Victorian culture and learn about how policing worked in that era. Activities are included in the cost of museum…

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Shocking Murder! Investigating Suspicious Death in Victorian Ripon

28 October 2021
Online talk: Thursday 28 October 7pm

In 1874, two savage murders rocked Ripon. In both cases, the formal murder investigation began with an inquest. In this talk, Sophie Michell will discuss how Victorian coroners worked, and how inquests formed the basis of a murder trial. Sophie Michell is a postgraduate student at the Open University, studying the Victorian coroner's court in Peterborough. Her research focuses on…

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Writing the Workhouse: Creating Fiction from Found Materials

11 November 2021
Online workshop: Thursday 11 November 7pm - 8.30pm

A writing workshop inspired by stories and archive materials from Ripon workhouse, led by North East author Amy Lord. During the session, you will explore how to write in response to found material, using it as a spark for your imagination. Amy Lord is novelist and short story writer whose award-winning debut novel, The Disappeared, was published in 2019. Her short…

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Home or Away: Life After Transportation to Australia

25 November 2021
Online talk: Thursday 25 November 7pm

Join our special guests for this online talk, as we discuss the use of transportation as a punishment in Victorian England and consider what life might have been like for convicts after their sentence was complete. Speakers to be announced. Tickets cost £5 per person. Click here to book Part of the Ripon Museums Online series of talks for Autumn 2021. …

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Dickens and the Poor Law: Foundlings in Victorian England

16 December 2021
Online talk: Thursday 16 December 7pm

Join our special guests for this online talk, where we explore the impact of the New Poor Law on the work of Charles Dickens and what it meant to be a foundling in Victorian England. Speakers to be announced. Tickets cost £5 per person. Click here to book Part of the Ripon Museums Online series of talks for Autumn 2021. Booking…

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