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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!).