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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:

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.

Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed

​Contact usTelephone: 020 7332 1100/189

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 with at least 35% of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and to non-school educational organisations that work with school-age children (special schools do not need to meet the Pupil Premium requirement) you may be eligible for funding to help cover the cost of your visit. Funding is available for visits taking place before the end of March 2020. The fund can be used towards any reasonable costs that are necessary to enable the visit to take place, e.g. admission or session fees, transport or staff cover. http://schoolvisitsfund.org.uk/

Key Stage 4: Policing from 1000 (1.5 hrs)
Tied in to the Edexcel GCSE topic, crime and policing from 1000 to the present, students will handle museum objects and get a guided tour of the museum to explore how policing has changed over the centuries.

Events

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

The City of London Police Museum tells the story of 180 of the City of London Police and some of the major events that the police have dealt with. Find out more about the history behind the objects and photographs on display. Visit the museum for a free guided tour at 1pm on the first Friday of every month. 

17 October. Free, booking required
How did the IRA campaign change policing in the City and the rest of the world? Back by popular demand, Peter Clarke gives this talk based on his experience in the City of London Police from the 1970s to 1990s. Available to book from August.

29 November. Free, booking required.
Finding Fred: the Story of the City of London’s Blitz Photographer. Please note this is a repeat of a talk first given on 8th March 2018. The Cross and Tibbs Collection provides a unique photographic record of WWII bomb damage inflicted on the City. This talk by Rebecca Walker looks at the life and times of one of the collection’s photographers – Frederick Tibbs, a City of London Police Officer – and of the City he patrolled from the Roaring Twenties through to World War II.

Book your free guided tour

Family fun

12 October, 11am to 3pm. Free, no need to book.
Be a police carpenter. PC George Bayliss made a model of Houndsditch and Exchange Buildings in 1910 to take to trial at the Old Bailey. Come along to do your own designing and building activities around the model. Don’t forget to visit Guildhall Art Gallery and Amphitheatre on the same day for more architectural fun.


24 October, 11am to 4pm. Free, no need to book.
Come to the police museum in half-term to play games, make police hats and handle objects from our collections.  

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.

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