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Step Back In Time – and follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment.
Desperation often led the poor to a life of petty crime – and the punishments were cruel and severe.
Discover what life was like in the workhouse, prison and courthouse. Find out why people ended up here ad what happened to them.
Visit all three museums to walk in the footsteps of past generations.
The museum is housed in the former Ripon Liberty prison which became Ripon police station.
Enter the grim prison with whitewashed cells and barred windows On the ground floor is a story of policing in Yorkshire from the Anglo-Saxons to the formation of professional policing.
Upstairs, crime and punishment is the theme – with many hands-on activities to help imagine the horror of the Victorian prison regime!
In 2020, don't miss the Prisoners on Prisoners exhibition here too. In this exhibition you can see an art installation by Faye Claridge sharing the experiences of current and historic female prisoners through audio, textile and photography. The exhibition will be in Cell 13 of the Prison & Police Museum.