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Ripon Civic Society

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Welcome to Ripon Civic Society

We are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the historic buildings and environment of the cathedral city of Ripon on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and of the surrounding area.

Our aims include:

  • promoting heritage protection and conservation projects in the city and area
  • promoting the highest levels of architecture, planning and design
  • stimulating public awareness of the best qualities of Ripon and the surrounding area
    acting as a leading voice in the development and prosperity of the city and the surrounding area.

    The Society has around 200 members and is a strong voice in Ripon.  Why not join us?

Our Christmas event for members will be wine-tasting on Thursday 5 December.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 9 January 2020 when Jemima Parker will be speaking with us about ZERO CARBON RIPON.

Please join us at the Dining Hall of Ripon Workhouse Museum on Allhallowgate for 7.30 pm.  Refreshments from 7.15

On 6 February Jonathan Clarke will be talking with us about ARCHAEOLOGY TODAY AND IN RIPON.


Ripon residents voted on 14 February 2019 for the Ripon City Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the city with immediate effect. Harrogate Borough Council made the Plan in April.


Ripon Re-Viewed is an exciting new project to preserve and digitise 10,000 photographic images revealing over a century of life in the City of Ripon. Dating from the 1880s to the 1980s, these remarkable collections record the people, places, shops, schools, traditions, celebrations, events and the everyday life of our community.

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