The Glasgow Police Museum

The Glasgow Police Museum .... a police force was established in Glasgow many years before the Metropolitan Police....
(Col. Kinloch, HMIC (Scotland) 1859

Operating as usual

04/08/2021

Following the sad intimation of the death of Eleanor Walker, arrangements have now been made for her funeral on:

Thursday 12 August 2021 at 4pm at the Linn Crematorium.

The family are under current Covid restrictions and the funeral is by invite only.

However, it has been suggested that should anyone wish to pay their respects on the day, they could stand on the long driveway between Drakemire Drive and the gates of the Crematorium, when the cortège passes. The Linn management have said that no persons are allowed to stand on the curved driveway from the gates up to the Crematorium.

As Scot Gov have made changes to Covid restrictions today, these restrictions may be viewed by GCC/Linn management, but we will have to wait and see. Any changes will be circulated as soon as we are aware.

28/07/2021

Dear Members

It is with great sadness that the death of ELEANOR WALKER has been announced. She died peacefully this morning (28 July) in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a short illness.

Eleanor served in Glasgow/Strathclyde Police in CID,HQ Personnel and latterly as Chief Inspector in the Force Training Centre, Oxford Street.

She was a great supporter of GPHS for many years, having been a member since 2000. She attended all the AGMs and enjoyed meeting former colleagues

She will be sadly missed.

No funeral arrangements are available at the moment, but I will pass them to you when announced.

Regards
Alastair

Yesterday we had a special visitor to the museum seen standing here with our Curator Alastair Dinsmor. She is Sally Char...
18/07/2021

Yesterday we had a special visitor to the museum seen standing here with our Curator Alastair Dinsmor. She is Sally Charter from Halifax who is the Granddaughter of Sir Percy Sillitoe one of our famous Chief Constables from 1931 till 1943.

Yesterday we had a special visitor to the museum seen standing here with our Curator Alastair Dinsmor. She is Sally Charter from Halifax who is the Granddaughter of Sir Percy Sillitoe one of our famous Chief Constables from 1931 till 1943.

30/04/2021

Hi everyone the Museum will reopen tomorrow, Saturday 1 May 2021 from 10-4. We are open every day at this time except Sundays when the hours are 12-4, looking forward to seeing you all.

30/04/2021

Hi everyone the Museum will reopen tomorrow Saturday 1 May 2021 from 10-4 every day except Sunday when the hours are 12-4.

12/12/2020

We are back open tomorrow 12 noon till 4pm every Sunday and 10am till 4pm Tuesdays which are our normal winter hours.

The International room at the museum proudly boasted that it had a piece of uniform or badge from every country in the w...
18/08/2020

The International room at the museum proudly boasted that it had a piece of uniform or badge from every country in the world including North Korea. Sudan split up and a new country was established namely South Sudan and we were lucky enough to obtain a piece from there.

01/08/2020

Since we re opened on Monday 20 July 2020 we have had a steady albeit reduced number of visitors. It’s working very well with our hand sanitisation points and one way system.Museum Galleries Scotland show the various Museums in Scotland which are now open and we are the only museum that is open in the Glasgow area.
Remember we are open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday 1000-1600 and 1200-1600 on Sundays.
Why not pop along and bring the kids.

21/07/2020

Well everyone that’s us 2 days in since we reopened on Monday 20 July. We have worked very hard at making the Museum layout as safe as possible with a structured one way system with hand sanitising stations and our guest toilets are open. If you are in town why not pop in and discover one of Glasgow’s hidden gems.

07/07/2020

Our staff are in this week getting the museum ready for opening on Monday 20 July 2020. The opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm and on Sunday 12 noon till 4pm. Unfortunately due to the present restrictions our toilets will be closed to the public and Face coverings are mandatory due to the museum layout which has been redesigned to facilitate minimum contact.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Our AGM last Thursday had a Hello and Goodbye theme to it. It was Hello and Welcome to Sir William Rae former Chief Cons...
02/03/2020

Our AGM last Thursday had a Hello and Goodbye theme to it. It was Hello and Welcome to Sir William Rae former Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police who graciously accepted our offer to become Honoury President of our Society. It was goodbye to John Bekier a former committee member and did Fridays in the Museum for a long number of years. John stated on his retiral he would visit the museum to keep in touch, not a problem John just remember to bring the biscuits.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Allison Street shootings in Glasgow  in which Detective Constable Angus McKenzie...
30/12/2019

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Allison Street shootings in Glasgow in which Detective Constable Angus McKenzie and Constable Edward Barnett lost their lives in the line of duty. A wreath was laid by members of the Glasgow Police Heritage Society.
Gone but never forgotten.

Delighted to announce that the Glasgow Police Museum won their category at the Creative Oceanic Glasgow Awards last nigh...
18/06/2019

Delighted to announce that the Glasgow Police Museum won their category at the Creative Oceanic Glasgow Awards last night for Best day out. We were contending with the Science Museum,Scottish Football Museum and the St Mungo Museum to name but a few. Our Curator Alastair Dinsmor is on holiday and one of our committee Alistair Morrison and his wife attended to receive the award.

The Glasgow Awards 2019The Museum has been shortlisted for one of the Categories (A Good Day Out) in the Glasgow Awards ...
05/06/2019

The Glasgow Awards 2019
The Museum has been shortlisted for one of the Categories (A Good Day Out) in the Glasgow Awards 2019 thanks to the high number of nominations which we received from the public.
The prestigious award ceremony will be held on the 17th June 2019 at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel

Delighted to say that after a years hard work we have achieved Museum Accreditation!
11/10/2018

Delighted to say that after a years hard work we have achieved Museum Accreditation!

This is our Curator, Alastair Dinsmor with his MBE he was recently presented with by Prince William at Buckingham Palace...
22/11/2016

This is our Curator, Alastair Dinsmor with his MBE he was recently presented with by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. Well done Alastair and very well deserved!

Britains First Police DogsIn February 1910 Major E.H.Richardson of Harrow wrote to all Chief Constables suggesting the u...
14/01/2015

Britains First Police Dogs

In February 1910 Major E.H.Richardson of Harrow wrote to all Chief Constables suggesting the use of dogs by the police.

On 13 May 1910, the Corporation of Glasgow, on the advice of the Chief Constable, ordered four dogs from Major Richardson at a total cost of £21.

Major Richardson's cross bred dog called 'The Executive' (Airedale/Collie/Retrievers), was trained to detect persons hiding in gardens, protect the beat constable from attack and assist him to catch the criminal.

Two of the dogs arrived on the 28 June 1910, and the photograph shows Sergeant Robert Glen with one of the dogs in the Central Police Office yard. The two other dogs arrived the following day.

They were posted to Kelvinside (Maryhill Division) and Pollokshields (Queen's Park Division) where housebreakings, some of which had been very violent, were a problem at the time.

The dogs continued to be used for several years, but by the 1920's there were no dogs in service with the Glasgow Police. A Specialist Dog Branch was later established by the Glasgow Police in 1954, which was the nucleus of the Strathclyde Police Dog Branch in 1975 and has operated within Police Scotland since it was established in 2013

18/09/2013

This weekend Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd 2013 is Glasgow Doors Open Day and as usual we will be open both days so feel free to please come along!

The Glasgow Police Museum's cover photo
18/09/2013

The Glasgow Police Museum's cover photo

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18/09/2013

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We visited with our two boys today (aged 5 and 6). We all thoroughly enjoyed. We received a warm welcome from Alastair Dinsmor who is clearly passionate and very knowledgeable, he took so much time to answer all the boys questions and our own. I think we all learned something today. Well worth a visit. 5 star.
A wee appeal Hugh Dan MacLennan the historian is building a web site on highlands and islands folk who came down to live and work in Glasgow. He has a really good police section but its almost 100% male. Does anyone have info on girls who came down to becomes police officers ? My guess is they're far fewer than the chaps ! Any help would be appreciated.
Brilliant place to visit. Really interesting.
Is there any mention of charles hendry world war 2
Loved this museum.very interesting.didnt know about it till i saw it on trip advisor.well worth a visit.highly recomend it.id give this museum 10 out of 10.
Visited today. Very well organised and really friendly and welcoming to all. Particularly interested to see display about gunmen within glasgow - poignant to me because my father was one of the people james griffiths shot in july 1969 during his rampage.interesting to see progress of force within glasgow and the commitment, dedication and heroism underlying much of the police service protecting glasgow citizens. Well worth a visit.
Greetings! Can you please give an approximate date for this photograph based on the police uniform? The tram has been identified as a Glasgow Standard, so I would guess the Edmonton Police archives have this photo because one of their officers was also an officer in Glasgow before coming to Canada. https://www.facebook.com/edmontonpoliceservice/photos/a.190542477670432.49575.107111306013550/1414507465273921/?type=3&theater
John King fancy this ??