Yorkshire awards joy for city museum

Mr Bumble  from Oliver played by  John Holmers a volunteer at Ripon Workhouse museum with  street urchins  Gretel 4 and Anna Monger  8 sisters from London   taking  part in the Dickens event at the  Ripon workhouse museum.
Mr Bumble from Oliver played by John Holmers a volunteer at Ripon Workhouse museum with street urchins Gretel 4 and Anna Monger 8 sisters from London taking part in the Dickens event at the Ripon workhouse museum.

Ripon’s Workhouse Museum has led a list of tourist attractions around the city to be nominated in Yorkshire’s tourism awards.

The Workhouse Museum and Garden is up for the “Small Attraction of the Year” prize at this year’s White Rose awards.

The volunteer run museum, which is nominated for the first time, is competing against attractions like stately home Burton Agnes Hall near Driffield, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, and How Stean Gorge in Harrogate.

Head of Museums Sue Dalton said: “We are absolutely over the moon. We are a small museum and it’s a difficult topic, but we think we do it well so it’s nice to be recognised. We are delighted just to be nominated.”

Also nominated is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, which is in the running for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, and will be competing against five other attractions including York Racecourse and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Wakefield.

The area’s pubs and restaurants have also caught the judges’ eyes with The Oak Tree Inn in Helperby shortlisted in the pub category, and Swinton Park’s restaurant Samuel’s competing against van Zeller’s in Harrogate in the restaurant category.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “With a record number of entries and outstanding applications, this year’s awards promise to be spectacular. The standard of finalists shows the high calibre of tourism businesses we have in Yorkshire – and shows that we can not only compete nationally, but internationally. This is especially important during challenging economic times, but Yorkshire is leading the way.”

The overall winners in each of the categories will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 1.

Last year Newby Hall and Garden’s took the Large Visitor Attraction prize.