Ripon Museum Trust

Ripon Museum Trust (Charity No.1141462. Company Ltd by Guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 7465640) was formed in 1983 by a small group of volunteers and now, substantially larger, we would describe ourselves as a medium-sized voluntary organisation with full-time support from a small core of paid staff.

We currently have around 140 volunteers between 8 and 90 years (including the board of Trustees) and they fulfill a variety of roles which range from helping with education visits to gardening, cataloguing the collections to keeping our accounts, repairing brickwork to researching the stories behind the buildings.

In short, Ripon Museum Trust would be unable to exist, function and progress without volunteers.

We charge an entrance fee to the three museums and every penny goes towards the upkeep and running of the buildings and garden.

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Mission Statement

“We will use the unique trio of the Workhouse, Prison & Police and Courthouse Museums, collections and the stories they tell to help people explore big issues such as fairness, equality, justice and welfare. Through excellent engagement, programming and outreach together we will inspire people to become compassionate and active citizens, shaping society for the better. We will work for greater participation in our heritage which will enrich lives and improve wellbeing. Volunteering is integral to our organization; at our core we work as one team. We will make a positive impact on Ripon and the region’s cultural and economic capital”. 

Ripon Museum Trust is an organisation of dedicated, enthusiastic and skilled individuals who look after three unique heritage buildings, their collections and visitors with a team of over 150 volunteers.