Collections

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Alongside our historic sites, Ripon Museum Trust holds a collection of around 9000 objects, relating to our sites, themes and stories. We have an especially significant collection of objects relating to the police service in Yorkshire and the Humber, dating from the late 1800s to present day. 

Our policing collection includes:

  • 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.

We also hold a number of objects relating to Ripon Union Workhouse. Few objects from workhouses survive so the ones we hold are rare, unique and special. They include:

  • 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.

We are working to put our collections online, in a searchable database. In the meantime, we have put a small selection onto eHive for you to browse here.

Around 10% of our objects are on display in the museums, the rest are kept safely in our museum stores. If you would like to view or research any of our stored collections, please get in touch. 

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