Family days at Ripon museum

The Workhouse Museum in Ripon.
The Workhouse Museum in Ripon.

A series of gruesome family events is planned for Easter at the Ripon Workhouse Museum to coincide with the arrival of a funeral bier, a new item recently added to the museum’s collection.

Death, Disease and Curious Customs at the Workhouse Museum today (Thursday, April 2) and Thursday, April 9 features: 

• A Potions and Poisons trail: discover the odd customs of Victorian funerals and some of the curious cures for common ailments on this trail for families;

• Workhouse Funeral Party: join the funeral party and experience a historic re-enactment inspired by the arrival of the funeral bier;          

• Family Crafts: make elegant memorial jewellery reminiscent of Queen Victoria’s jet mourning brooches and create your own peg doll puppet.

Visitors can also travel back to the Victorian era at the Easter Live It! days planned at the Workhouse on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 to join in with wash day, try out the original Victorian recycling craft of rag rugging and take part in a historic school lesson.

Visitors can also get their hands on some curious objects from the museum’s collections.

For more details visit or telephone 01765 690799.