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Museum

City of London Police Museum

 

​Location​Access through Guildhall Library Entrance, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH
​Price​Free Admission
​Opening times

Normal opening times

Monday – Friday: 9.30am-5pm
(9.30am-7.30pm on Wednesdays)

Saturdays: 10am-4pm on the following dates:

2 and 16 February
2, 16 and 30 March
13 and 27 April
11 May
1, 15 and 29 June
13 and 27 July
10 and 31 August
14 and 28 September
12 and 26 October
9  and 23 November
7 and 21 December


Sunday: Closed

Note: Last entry 15 minutes before closing time.

Please note: The museum will be closed for updates on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th February and on Friday 1st March. It will reopen as usual on Saturday 2nd March.

Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed

​Contact usTelephone: 020 7332 1868

The City of London Police Museum takes visitors on a unique journey, which includes the last hours of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims; bomb damage during the Blitz; being at the forefront of technology to counter terrorism and the current work against economic crime and cybercrime.

The City of London Police has been responsible for policing the Square Mile since 1839. Over the course of more than 175 years, the force’s priorities have remained the same: keep the City safe. It is also the UK’s leading police force for fraud and economic crime.

The purpose-built museum is a collaboration between the City of London Police and the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Library, which is situated next to the new museum at Guildhall, the City’s historic headquarters. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of c.£90,000 towards the development of the museum and associated community engagement. Admission to the museum is free and over 2016 and 2017 there will be a variety of special events, talks and walks, as well as a range of merchandise available.

Schools programme

A new schools programme has been developed for the museum. If you are interested in booking a workshop please contact colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

If your school is located in Greater London, you may be eligible for funding to help cover the cost of your visit. To find out more: http://cityschoolvisitsfund.org.uk/

Events

Please join us for a wide range of captivating events throughout the year.  

Wednesday 27 February, 2-3pm

Communications: It’s Good to Talk; From Rattle to Radio

Join Peter Clarke for a tour of the City of London Police Museum, with a particular focus on changing police communications through the years.

Free, booking essential at www.ghlevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 8 March, 11am-12pm

Women and Policing

To mark International Women’s Day, this Museum tour will focus on those exhibits that tell the story of women’s involvement with policing in the City of London. Topics will include a look at the working lives of the City’s earliest female officers and staff, and stories of some of the women whose lifestyles brought them into contact with the police.

Free, booking essential at www.ghlevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday 27 March, 2-3pm

How the IRA Campaign Changed Policing in the City and the Rest of the World

Peter Clarke will take you on a tour of the City of London Police Museum, focusing on counter terrorism in the Square Mile.

Free, booking essential at www.ghlevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Group Visits and Tours  

Short introductory talks to the museum and its collection can be arranged via the Guildhall Library. To do so, please email: colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Guided tours by a volunteer associated with the City of London Police can be arranged on occasion. To enquire please click on the “Contact Us” link on the upper left hand side of this page.  

Volunteer at the City of London Police Museum

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team of tour guide volunteers. Activities include:

  • Delivering guided tours.
  • Delivering education workshops for schools, colleges and universities.
  • Assisting with events.
  • Welcoming visitors.
  • Answering questions about the history of the police and the museum.

By joining our friendly and dedicated team you can:

  • Learn more about the fascinating history of the City of London Police and the Square Mile.
  • Welcome visitors and answer any questions they may have.
  • Help visitors engage with the history of the City of London Police and the Force’s collections.
  • Provide tours to members of the public, education and private groups.
  • Receive training and guidance from experienced staff and existing volunteers.

To find out more please send an email to colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk. If you do not have access to a computer please get in touch at 020 7322 1869 for more information

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