RIPON Museum Trust has welcomed a new curator and a new attraction in the form of a ‘Dr Who’ style tardis.

A British 1960s police box - familiar to millions as Doctor Who’s spaceship - is now part of Ripon’s Prison and Police Museum’s collection.

Leah Mellors, the Trust’s new curator, 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“Most are now disused or have been withdrawn from service, so we are pleased to include one amongst our displays of uniforms and objects from the Trust’s extensive collection of police and prison-related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.”

Ms Mellors has recently joined the 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 role as curator of Ripon Museums, Ms Mellors, who has a Masters degree in Mediaeval History from the University of St Andrews, is particularly keen to work with local groups to give people a voice within the museums. The Prison and Police Museum is open daily from 1pm to 4pm.