Award-Winning Learning

Come to Ripon Museums for a high quality learning experience which stimulates people to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop judgement. We are lucky to have three museums in our group, all important Victorian institutions in their original buildings - a Workhouse, a Prison & Police Station and a Courthouse. Our workshops make the most of this atmospheric environment with dramatic role-play and hands-on activities.

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"Ripon Museum Trust is a unique collection of three museums, in their original buildings, that tell the story of crime, punishment and social justice in the nineteenth century. The Georgian Liberty Courthouse Museum, the Regency Prison & Police Museum, and the Victorian Workhouse Museum & Garden individually and collectively explore the treatment of, and thus attitudes towards, criminals and poverty and provide a high-quality learning experience which stimulates visitors of all ages to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop judgement. A visit to the museum complex effectively helps to enrich the lives of visitors in a thoughtful and unique way and helps them gain insights into how the treatment of offenders and the relief of the poor have developed over time."

Sandford Award citation 2018