- Police uniform and headwear, including specialist clothing such as riot gear;
- Medals and badges;
- Truncheons, including that of Thomas Sweeting, Ripon’s first police officer;
- Handcuffs and restraints;
- Documents and photographs;
- Police equipment, including lamps, communication equipment, crime scene investigation kits.
- Guardian’s Chair, used by the Chairman of the Board of Guardians from the 1850s;
- Vagrants’ Baths, used by vagrants entering the Workhouse;
- Vagrants’ Nightshirt, worn by a vagrant in Knaresborough Workhouse;
- Workhouse beds, used in Knaresborough Workhouse.
Donate an object to our collection
Ripon Museum Trust has built up a diverse collection of objects, documents and photographs relating to its key themes of law and order, crime and punishment, and social justice in Ripon and Yorkshire. The Trust is still actively collecting and we are very grateful to those who donate objects to our collection.
However, the cost of caring for our collections is high and we have limited storage space. For this reason, we are not able to accept everything that is offered to us. We carefully assess each object offered to ensure that it fits in with our collecting policy, that it is in good condition and that it does not duplicate material we already have.
If you would like to offer an object to the collection, please contact the museum before bringing the object in to us. It is helpful if you can provide as much information about the object and its history as possible and send us a photograph of the object too. We are unable to accept anything that is left at the museum anonymously.
To offer an object to the collection, please contact us by calling 01765 690799 or emailing [email protected].
Download our collections policy here.