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Our three museums located in central Ripon – a Victorian Workhouse, Georgian Prison and Georgian Courthouse – bring Dickensian times to life. Our award-winning schools programme, set in these atmospheric buildings, uses role-plays, costumed interpreters and hands-on activities for a fantastic day of active learning from KS1 to GCSE.
Our Museums Workhouse Day begins with Matron, who ensures that all activities, including laundry, chores, baking and rag-rugging, are carried out to her exacting standards! The Workhouse Museum, the most complete in the UK, now includes the Main Block, which allows us to introduce segregation (the splitting of groups into boys and girls) as would have happened in the workhouse, for the first time, for part of the day. Older pupils also experience the moral dilemma of being a Guardian, deciding which paupers deserve help, in our Guardians’ role-play.
Crime & Punishment Days involve taking part in a trial at the Courthouse Museum and role-play, object handling and a tour of the cells at the Prison & Police Museum.
Rich & Poor Days are set in across all three museums in an experience which provides an insight into the background of crime and punishment and the social and moral setting of Dicken’s Christmas Carol and other Victorian literature. Curriculum links – History, English, Citizenship, Social Moral Cultural and Spiritual.
We also have a vibrant family learning programme during school holidays as well as an exciting events programme running throughout the year.
Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Guide Dogs Welcome,
Cater for Educational Groups, Coach Parties Welcome, Conference Facilities, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,
No toilets or disabled access available at The Courthouse Museum
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