Ripon Museums launches its new 2020 season
An exciting series of exhibitions begin soon with Ripon Museums 2020 launching its ‘Prisoners On Prisoners’ show on February 8.
The service invites you to step back in time and follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through its three museums.
The Workhouse Museum and Garden, Prison and Police Museum and the Courthouse Museum all tell stories of desperate people – who were often led through being poor to a life of petty crime – and the punishments were cruel and severe.
In 2020, Ripon Museums will be holding exhibitions, events, talks and activities that acknowledge and celebrate the hidden and untold stories of the women who spent time in institutions.
Curator of Ripon Museum Trust, Leah Mellors, said: “The stories of the women who lived, worked, or were tried and incarcerated in our institutions have mostly gone untold in our museums.”
She added: “We want to redress the gender balance in 2020 by uncovering, researching and sharing the stories of women connected to our buildings and collections. Through a varied programme of exhibitions and activities, we will reveal what life was like for women in our workhouse, prison, police service and courthouse in the past and for those who are still affected by our themes today.”
Women in our Institutions begins with ‘Prisoners on Prisoners’, an art installation by Faye Claridge, sharing the experiences of current and historic female prisoners through audio, textiles and photography.
The exhibition will run until September 6. The project’s progress can be followed through @fayeclaridge, @riponmuseums or #PrisonersOnPrisoners – Twitter.