Dr. Who doesn’t have to travel far from her Huddersfield home to be reunited with her missing tardis – we’ve found it at the Ripon Prison & Police Museum.
The tardis, disguised as a British 1960s police box, was a public telephone kiosk for the use of either members of public to contact the police, or for the police themselves. The interior of the box was a miniature police station so officers could read, fill in reports or even temporarily hold prisoners until the arrival of transport.
Ripon Museum’s police box contains a telephone which rings when the door is opened. Visitors to the museum can then re-enact making a call to report a crime.
Leah Mellors, Curator of Ripon Museum Trust, said
“Police boxes were used throughout the 20th century from the early 1920s. Most are now disused or have been withdrawn from service, so we are pleased to include one amongst our displays of uniforms and objects from the Trust’s extensive collection of police and prison-related objects.”
Leah has recently joined the Ripon Museum Trust having worked in curatorial roles at the Herbert Museum in Coventry and Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. Returning home to North Yorkshire to take up the exciting role as Curator of Ripon Museums, Leah, who has a Masters degree in Mediaeval History from the University of St. Andrews, brings a knowledge of collections management, exhibition planning and delivery, community engagement and best practice standards to the role and is particularly keen to work with local groups and partners to give people a space and a voice within the museums.
The Prison & Police Museum is open daily, 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Tickets for the Ripon Museums can be purchased via www.riponmuseums.co.uk or at the museums themselves – including an excellent value annual pass which includes admission to the Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum and the Courthouse Museum.