Past exhibitions

Serving Our Community exhibition, Ripon Nurses image courtesy of Ripon Re-Viewed

At Ripon Museum Trust, we regularly programme exhibitions across our three museums to shine a light on new and interesting stories connected to their history, or the lives of the people who passed through the workhouse, prison or courthouse. We also explore issues surrounding our themes of law and order, creating opportunities for partnerships and new artistic commissions. 

These exhibitions change regularly, but you can find out more about some of our past exhibitions below. 

Murmuration, HM Prison Wealstun, Watercolour and Gouache
Veg, Glorious Veg

My Path

29 June – 26 September 2021 

My Path is a creative walk through the criminal justice system. It showcases artworks from across Yorkshire which were submitted to the 2020 Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice.   

Lives Unravelled

17 May – 5 September 2021 

A unique textiles exhibition by local group 6-Ply, featuring five textile installations inspired by the lives of women who lived and worked in Ripon Workhouse.  

Serving Our Community exhibition, Ripon Nurses image courtesy of Ripon Re-Viewed
Two faces of female prisoners

Serving Our Community – Images from Ripon’s Past

24 February – 28 March 2021

This exhibition used historic photographs from the Ripon Re-Viewed collection, which were projected onto thr Workhouse Museum building.


Prisoners on Prisoners

8 February 2020 – 28 March 2021 

This art installation by Faye Claridge shared the experiences of current and historic female prisoners through audio, textile and photography.  

Workhouse Museum in Ripon
George portrait Homeless Not Faceless

Rogues and Vagabonds

17 June – 1 December 2019 

This exhibition explores vagrancy during the Victorian period within the workhouse, prison and court systems, and examines the realities of homelessness today. 

Homeless Not Faceless

20 June – 22 July 2018 

Exploring the causes of homelessness for people in North Yorkshire through photographs, interviews and objects, created in partnership with the Harrogate Homeless Project and Ripon YMCA. 

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