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11th July 2008
A substantial donation recently made by Ripon Civic Society to the Ripon Workhouse Museum will help reinstate the lost railings outside the gatehouse in Allhallowgate.

As part of the Museum’s development the Trustees plan to have the railings, removed many years ago, replaced. This will enhance the setting of the museum and improve security. The Museum is fortunate to have a single photograph that shows the gatehouse with the railings intact, and this will be used to brief the craftsman chosen to make the new set.

The Civic Society’s donation, made possible by a substantial legacy from a former member, has been given to Ripon Museum Trust in recognition of its work it has done in establishing the Workhouse, Prison & Police and Courthouse Museums, and to assist the Trust in its future plans. Ripon Museum Trust was set up in 1981 under the auspices of Ripon Civic Society.

David Winpenny, Co-Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘We are delighted that the money is to be put towards the new railings, as they are an important part of the streetscape – something very close to our own hearts. We look forward to seeing them installed when they are ready; they will certainly enhance the look of the gatehouse at the Workhouse Museum.’

Richard Taylor, Chairman of Ripon Museum Trust, says, ‘This generous gift coupled with a helpful grant from Ripon City Council is a great start to our plans for restoring the frontage to this fine building. We want it to be once again a credit to the city. To complete the work we will still need a further £10,000 and are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to help in any way.’

The picture shows David Winpenny, Co-Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, and Richard Taylor, Chairman of Ripon Musuem Trust, with the old picture of the gatehouse.

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