Chance to solve a whodunnit with Ripon Museum Trust
Last updated Oct 22, 2021
Photo at the Police & Prison Museum
Volunteer John Holmes in costume at the Prison & Police Museum

The long arm of the law is reaching out from Ripon Museum Trust, in a bid to capture the imagination of visitors over the autumn half term holiday.

The trust, which operates the Workhouse, Prison & Police and Old Courthouse museums, is offering the opportunity to explore the nature of crime and punishment in the Victorian era, through a series of themed activities both online and in person.

Whodunnit at the Workhouse? will run from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 October from 12pm to 3pm.

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Visitors can try out their investigative skills at Ripon’s Workhouse Museum

This family-friendly activity will take visitors on an interactive trail across the sites of the museums as they try to solve a murder at the workhouse.

Visitors will learn about how policing worked in the Victorian era, about plants and poisons in the Workhouse Museum Garden, before discovering forensic science at the Prison & Police Museum.

Those who solve the crime could be in with a chance of winning a small prize. Activities are included in the cost of museum entry.

On Thursday 28 October at 7pm, Ripon museums will host an online exploration of Victorian criminality with Shocking Murder! Investigating Suspicious Death in Victorian Ripon.

In 1874, two savage murders rocked the city. In both cases, the formal murder investigation began with an inquest.

In a talk given by postgraduate student Sophie Michell, she will discuss how Victorian coroners worked, and how inquests formed the basis of a murder trial. Tickets cost £5 per person. The talk will be hosted on Zoom

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Visitors can also explore the darker side of the city’s history with a Ripon Ghost Walk, where they will hear tales of ghouls and ghostly goings on. Two Halloween special ghost walks take place on Sunday 31 October, at 5pm and 7pm. Tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for under 16s.

Further information about all of our events and activities is available at, and tickets for the talk and ghost walks can be booked online. Contact the museum team by emailing [email protected] or call 01765 690799.








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