Last Week’s Shoot – Ripon Museums

I had a rare interior shoot last week with a visit to Ripon to photograph the Courthouse Museum and Prison & Police Museum for my postcard range.

View from the Bench in the Courtroom
View from the Bench in the Courtroom

The Courthouse is quite small with just three rooms – a Jury Room, a Retiring Room and the Courtroom but there are plenty of interesting exhibits so with the plan to produce a four image card with two external shots I was actually spoiled for choice for images to fill the two internal shots on the card!

The Jury Room at Ripon Courthouse Museum
The Jury Room at Ripon Courthouse Museum

Over at the Prison & Police Museum there was a lot more choice with two floors of exhibits in the cells of a former prison, incuding a variety of North Yorkshire Police and West Riding Constabulary artefacts, mugshot and fingerprinting displays.

Mugshots exhibit in cell number 13
Mugshots exhibit in cell number 13

The prison exhibits included a plain empty cell (rather sobering), a Victorian cell and the local story of the Sinkler Brothers who were sentenced to be hanged but this was later commuted to transportation.

Victorian Cell exhibit at the Prison and Police Museum
Victorian Cell exhibit at the Prison and Police Museum

The Victorian Cell contains a crank – used for hard labour.  There’s one in the cell next door (next to the treadmills) which you can try – one turn was easy enough but I’m not sure I fancy 10,000 a day – and if you were caught slacking the warder could tighten the screw on the crank to make turning it harder.  Grim stuff!

Passageway and cells at the Prison and Police Museum
Passageway and cells at the Prison and Police Museum

Both museums were very interesting – as is the Workhouse Museum which I’d photographed inside a while ago – so I must go back when I’m not on a photo shoot at some point to do them justice (no pun intended!).

 

I’ve just got the new postcard design proofs back from the printer and they’ll be added to my postcard range soon – so look out for them at Ripon Museums in due course!

 

 

 

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer specialising in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images, prints and calendars through marksunderland.com - the source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.