The display aims examines how attitudes towards women in policing have changed over time and asks if society has moved from segregation of women in policing to full integration or are there still issues to address in modern policing?
Dr Laura Allan, Community Curator at Ripon Museum Trust said: “This exhibition is intended to explore the roles of women in policing and how attitudes have changed over time.
“It has been a privilege to curate this exhibition alongside a team of curatorial volunteers especially given that the topic is as relevant today as it ever has been.”
The exhibition has been curated by volunteers alongside Dr Allan using oral histories, film, photographs and archive materials.
Along with the Prison and Police Museum, Ripon Museum’s Trust manages the Workhouse Museum and Garden, and the Courthouse Museum.
The Trust, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is a volunteer driven organisation with a team of over 140 dedicated, enthusiastic and skilled volunteers look after the three unique heritage buildings, their collections and their visitors.
The exhibition is open daily until October 2, 1-4pm, with extended opening during school holidays. Museum tickets are valid for 12 months.