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West Midlands Police Museum, Birmingham

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The 'West Midlands Police Museum is located in a Victorian cell block on Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, England, which was operational from 1891 until 2016.

One of two museums operated by the West Midlands Police, (the other being in Coventry) The Lock-up is open to the public and for school/group visits and special events. Visit the website for more details: https://museum.west-midlands.police.uk.

The museum houses comprehensive artifacts and archives of the West Midlands Police and its predecessors dating back to before the formation of Birmingham City Police in 1839, as well as a small collection of paintings, including a portrait of Sir Charles Horton Rafter, the longest-serving Chief Constable of Birmingham. The archives contain many records of police officers who served in the area of the present West Midlands Police and are of particular interest to genealogists.
The museum re-opened in April 2022 at the Victorian listed cell block at Steelhouse Lane police station following a heritage lottery-funded refurbishment. .
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  • Very well laid out and interesting exhibits, Staff very welcoming. Spent around an hour wandering around everything has a good wrote up explaining what you are seeing. 
    Very well laid out and interesting exhibits, Staff very welcoming. Spent around an hour wandering around everything has a good wrote up explaining what you are seeing.  more »
  • I love history and find the history of policing particularly fascinating. This museum is well laid out, highly informative, and a must-see for anyone visiting Birmingham. As a visually impaired... 
    I love history and find the history of policing particularly fascinating. This museum is well laid out, highly informative, and a must-see for anyone visiting Birmingham. As a visually impaired...  more »
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  • Brilliant trip out with the family to the newly opened West Midlands Police Museum- The Lock-Up. The kids really liked trying to find the Lock-Up mouse and Cookie the cat. Big things afoot for the future of the Lock-Up I feel. Thanks for an awesome day out.
  • Fantastic family day out. Really impressed with how they've created a fascinating visitor attraction here. Learnt lots about the legal system and local history. Loads of interactive activities for the kids as well. Brilliant volunteer staff on hand who provided great insight as well. Would definitely recommend a visit!

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