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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:

12 and 26 May
9 and 23 June
7 and 21 July

Sunday: Closed

Note: Last entry 15 minutes before closing time.

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.

Thursday 17 May 2018, 6 – 8pm
Security Experiments: Re-viewing London’s Ring of Steel

As a security cordon built to prevent IRA bombs penetrating London’s Square Mile, the Ring of Steel saw the City encircled with some of the most sophisticated surveillance technology of the 20th Century. This talk by Dr George Legg explores the technologies that made this system so advanced, while also examining the ways such security apparatuses have been represented and critiqued in visual art. The talk will consider how London’s Ring of Steel was indebted to security experiments in Northern Ireland, and how the design of London’s cordon ultimately sought to distance itself from the Troubles.

£7 plus booking fee. Includes wine reception.
Book your place at https://securityexperiments.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Thursday 31 May 2018, 11.30am – 12pm
London History Day: It was Just Another Day

In 1910 one of the most bloody events in this country’s policing history also produced a hero. Peter Clarke talks about PC Walter Choate who despite being repeatedly shot, fought to arrest an armed assailant during the Houndsditch Murders.

Free.
Book your place at https://londonhistorydayjustanotherday.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Thursday 31 May 2018, 12.30 – 1pm
London History Day: Courage Under Fire

Join Rebecca Walker in the City of London Police Museum and explore the history behind one of the objects on display: a George Medal awarded to Sub-Inspector Arthur Ball for his conduct on the night in World War II when another Great Fire returned to consume the City of London.

Free.
Book your place at https://londonhistorydaycourageunderfire.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Friday 6 July 2018, 12.30 – 1pm
A Child of his Time?

Join Rebecca Walker for a short talk examining the life and work of Dr Borlase Childs. Surgeon to the City of London Police for over forty years (1844 – 1885), Childs had a “before his time” interest in promoting the wellbeing of the force’s officers. We will look at how, against a background of personal adversity, Childs fought to improve the lot of the ordinary City constable, overcoming resistance to establish the City Police Hospital and re-designing the men’s uniform to give them the custodian helmet still worn today.

Free.
Book your place at https://achildofhistime.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Thursday 9 August 2018, 12 – 12.30pm
Policing Victorian Streets

Catherine Eddowes was arrested for being drunk in the street at Aldgate. She was allegedly a Street Walker. Find out about other people who walked the streets of the City and how the police dealt with them. Join Peter Clarke to learn more.

Free.
Book your place at https://policingvictorianstreets.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.  

 

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