Mixed media art

Reclaiming Lunacy: An artist-led creative drop-in exploring the lives of disabled people at Ripon Workhouse

24th Jun 2023

Ripon Museum Trust has been awarded grant funding of £11,000 by Historic England through their Everyday Heritage Fund to uncover the stories of disabled people at the Workhouse Museum.

As part of this project, we would like to welcome participants to join us on Saturday 24 June between 10am & 12.30pm at the Workhouse Museum for an open session with London and Hertfordshire based artists Kate Lovell and Aisling Gallagher.

Kate Lovell is a neurodivergent and disabled theatre-maker and writer.

Aisling Gallagher is a disabled artist, director and creative access practitioner.

Taking inspiration from the lives of disabled people we will be making artwork that responds to the language of disability and its evolution through history. Using mixed media including inks, paints, fabrics and collaging, two disabled artists will guide you in making group or solo artworks. This work will help create powerful and personal new interpretation materials for the Workhouse Museum’s permanent display integrating disabled people’s stories into the museum.

Our dedicated curatorial volunteers have been busy researching the unseen histories of disabled people who were inmates or staff working in Ripon Workhouse between the Victorian era and the early 1900’s.


This is a free event and is open to people of all ages and abilities.

We particularly welcome disabled, deaf and neurodivergent people at the workshop.

You do not have to book a space at the drop-in.

Access information for the museum can be found here. If you have any other access requirements, please email [email protected].



The Everyday Heritage grant scheme was launched by Historic England earlier this year to support community-led projects and further the nations collective understanding of the past.

These community-led and people-focused projects all aim to further the nation’s collective understanding of the past, with a focus on heritage that links people to overlooked local historic places and celebrating working class histories.


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