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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

Please note
The City of London Police Museum will be closed from Monday 16 April through to Wednesday 18 April, and will re-open on Thursday 19 April.

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

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

6th and 20th January
3rd and 17th February
3rd, 17th and 31st March
14th and 28th April


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 colpmuseum@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.​

Friday 23 March – Sunday 25 March 2018, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm (no 9pm on Sunday)

Blackout

During the Blitz, when the Square Mile was decimated by high explosive and incendiary bombs, two City of London Police officers rushed out into the aftermath to photograph the damage. Inspired by the photography of Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs, a new immersive video projection and sound installation transforms Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber to the post Blitz era. The show explores the hidden world of the Cross and Tibbs Collection, offering a dramatized narrative that explores the characters, the landscape and the impact of the Blitz across the City, at Tower Bridge and beyond.

The Guildhall School, the City of London Police Museum, London Metropolitan Archives and Tower Bridge have worked together to present a thoughtful and poignant insight into the life of a police officer, during one of London’s most dramatic historic periods.

For more details and to book tickets, please visit:

www.gsmd.ac.uk/blackout

Thursday 8 March 2018, 6-8pm

Finding Fred: The story of City of London Police's Blitz phtographer

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.

£7 plus booking fee. Includes wine reception.

Book your place - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/finding-fred-the-story-of-city-of-london-polices-blitz-photographer-police-museum-event-tickets-39951789879?aff=es2

Friday 20 April, 1-1.30pm

Suffragette bombs and the City's later history of terrorism
(Free short lunchtime talk - Limited places)

Join Rebecca Walker for a short talk and insights into two of the most unusual objects in the City of London Police collection: homemade suffragette bombs found in key locations in the City in 1913. Discover how the police in the square mile has dealt with the evolving nature of terrorism across the ages, and what this means today.

Free event but please book your place - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suffragette-bombs-and-the-citys-later-history-of-terrorism-police-museum-event-tickets-40030948645?aff=eac2

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: colpmuseum@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.  

Museum -  Photo gallery​​​​



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