City of London Police Museum

City of London Police Museum A unique collection that charts the development of the City of London Police Force, from the earliest days, through to modern policing methods.
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The City of London Police Museum will take 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.

There were many heroes in the City Police in the Second World War, but we choose Staff Sergeant Mitchell of the Special ...
12/05/2020

There were many heroes in the City Police in the Second World War, but we choose Staff Sergeant Mitchell of the Special Constabulary. He nearly lost his life in the course of duty when an incendiary bomb exploded while he was walking on Fleet Street on 23rd May 1941. His book of regulations in his top pocket saved his life! You can see the damage the shrapnel made in the book. Here's the piece of shrapnel that was embedded in the book with a ruler for scale.

City of London Corporation: City View
12/05/2020

City of London Corporation: City View

LIVE AT 10.30hrs: Second World War veteran @captaintommoore, who raised nearly £33m for @NHSuk, will be awarded the Freedom of the City of London at 10.30am in the first ever 'virtual' ceremony. Watch it live on our #YouTube channel - tinyurl.com/y9ppcfgq #TomMoore

07/05/2020
The City of London Police Museum

You can’t get to us in person right now, but you can watch this video to see what we’ve got inside the museum and come and see us when we’re open again. https://youtu.be/GAASvNF5dkY

The City of London Police Museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey as it tells the story of how the force has policed the Square Mile for over 175 year...

In 1907 the Commissioner of the City Police wanted a mounted division and asked for a horse-drawn ambulance. The City ga...
06/05/2020

In 1907 the Commissioner of the City Police wanted a mounted division and asked for a horse-drawn ambulance. The City gave him electric ambulances instead. This was when the police took people to hospital. Can you design the ambulance of the future for us? Download the children's activity here.https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visit-the-city-from-home/Documents/city-of-london-police-museum-ambulance.pdf

Here is the discharge certificate of Alfred James Ridgley in 1950. It says he joined the City of London Police in 1925 a...
30/04/2020

Here is the discharge certificate of Alfred James Ridgley in 1950. It says he joined the City of London Police in 1925 and had the rank of constable throughout. His conduct was exemplary.

Going back to archives can correct misconceptions about the past. The watchmen who preceded the City of London Police we...
22/04/2020

Going back to archives can correct misconceptions about the past. The watchmen who preceded the City of London Police were figures of fun, seen in the link in a cartoon showing two gentlemen catching a 'Charley' napping in 1820. This watch book shows how organised the watch was, especially after 1832. This is from the Tower Ward from 1833 and lists 18 watchmen on duty from 9 to 5, plus the men on watch in the early morning, evening and night. https://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/view-item?i=24328

This image in London Metropolitan Archives is the certificate awarded to John James Shepherd of the GB winning tug-of-wa...
15/04/2020

This image in London Metropolitan Archives is the certificate awarded to John James Shepherd of the GB winning tug-of-war team, a City Police team, in the 7th modern Olympic games held at Antwerp in 1920.

This milk can bomb (on the left in the picture) was left outside the Bank of England on Bartholomew Lane on this day, 14...
14/04/2020

This milk can bomb (on the left in the picture) was left outside the Bank of England on Bartholomew Lane on this day, 14th April, in 1913. It was possibly made by Suffragettes. A police-man was told about it and he picked it up and dunked it into the fountain at the Royal Exchange before taking it back to Cloak Lane police station. There is an online exhibition with more about Suffragette bombs on Google Arts & Culture https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/suffragette-bombings/5AJygPLt7aWiKg

Special Constables were taken on in great numbers in the First and Second World Wars. This is a Special Constable’s trun...
09/04/2020

Special Constables were taken on in great numbers in the First and Second World Wars. This is a Special Constable’s truncheon from the First World War. #MuseumsFromHome

The City of London Police Museum has some documents from the police archives on display, but also has images of others s...
07/04/2020

The City of London Police Museum has some documents from the police archives on display, but also has images of others stored at the London Metropolitan Archives, such as this memorial card to the police officers who lost their lives in the Houndsditch Murders, and this postcard sent to Major Foster by a member of the public during the investigation of Catherine Eddowes' murder in 1888.

One of our favourite items from the City of London Police archive held at the London Metropolitan Archives are these ear...
03/04/2020

One of our favourite items from the City of London Police archive held at the London Metropolitan Archives are these early mugshots done in a photographer’s studio on Cheapside before proper mugshots were developed.

Based on current Government advice about Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the City of London Police Mu...
01/04/2020
City of London Police Museum - City of London

Based on current Government advice about Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the City of London Police Museum will be closed to the public until summer 2020 when the situation will be reviewed and, wherever possible, a specific date for its reopening will be published. Further information and updates will be posted on cityoflondon.gov.uk/policemuseum

Here's a little thread for National Bed Month. In the early days officers had to find their own accommodation, which was...
27/03/2020

Here's a little thread for National Bed Month. In the early days officers had to find their own accommodation, which was expensive even then in central London but eventually single officers had rooms in stations like Bishopsgate and married officer’s quarters were built.

Married quarters were built in 1908 in Rose Alley, Bishopsgate, had 1, 2 and 3 bed flats each with their own toilet, a bath in the kitchen and a balcony.

With private healthcare being expensive, the City Police Surgeon George Borlase Childs set up a police hospital in Bishopsgate Police Station where sick officers could be looked after. Below is a picture story about the police hospital from the Nursing Mirror in March 1943.

When the NHS was set up in 1948, the police hospital was closed. It wasn't needed any more because there was free universal healthcare.

Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the City of London Police Museu...
17/03/2020
City of London Police Museum - City of London

Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the City of London Police Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. Please check the City of London Corporation’s website – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/policemuseum – for further information and updates. For those who have booked tours, please contact [email protected] for information about cancellations and refunds. We will be closed until at least May 1st.

Small museum dedicated to the history of crime and policing in the City of London.

This pedometer or waywiser was used to measure out the beats around the City. In one shift a City Police Officer walked ...
12/03/2020

This pedometer or waywiser was used to measure out the beats around the City. In one shift a City Police Officer walked on average about 16 miles.

For British Science Week we’re holding a family event on 14th March with Guildhall Art Gallery and Salter’s Hall called ...
04/03/2020

For British Science Week we’re holding a family event on 14th March with Guildhall Art Gallery and Salter’s Hall called Science City. We’ll have a team from the City Police forensics department here so you can learn all about fingerprinting.

PC John Brown had been in the City of London Police for 21 years and had joined up to fight in the war in 1915, a year b...
21/02/2020

PC John Brown had been in the City of London Police for 21 years and had joined up to fight in the war in 1915, a year before he died. He was awarded the Victory Medal, a St John’s Ambulance medal and a lifesaving medal.

Looking for something a bit different to do in #halfterm? Come to our museum to make some noise inspired by our police c...
05/02/2020

Looking for something a bit different to do in #halfterm? Come to our museum to make some noise inspired by our police communication devices. Thursday 20th February 11.00am to 4.00pm.

We are open tomorrow from 9.30 am to 5.00pm. Come and visit to find out about 180 plus years of policing the City of Lon...
31/01/2020

We are open tomorrow from 9.30 am to 5.00pm. Come and visit to find out about 180 plus years of policing the City of London.

This summons was sent to Albert Evans for him to attend the magistrates court at Guildhall. His crime was causing an obs...
22/01/2020

This summons was sent to Albert Evans for him to attend the magistrates court at Guildhall. His crime was causing an obstruction with a basket of nuts at Liverpool Street.

We are open tomorrow from 9.30 am to 5.00pm. Come and visit to find out about 180 plus years of policing the City of Lon...
17/01/2020

We are open tomorrow from 9.30 am to 5.00pm. Come and visit to find out about 180 plus years of policing the City of London.

This is the oldest example of a truncheon in the City of London Police’s collections, dating to 1737. It was paid for by...
08/01/2020

This is the oldest example of a truncheon in the City of London Police’s collections, dating to 1737. It was paid for by the Worshipful Company of Bakers, one of the original 12 livery companies in the City. Livery companies had responsibility for regulating their trades within the City, and would provide men for the watch and ward.

03/01/2020

The Siege of Sidney Street happened on this day in 1911. Two of the gang, Fritz Svaars and William Sokoloff, accused of shooting City Police Officers were besieged at 100 Sidney Street. The two men were killed when the building caught fire.

Over the Christmas holidays we are open on December 21st, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th and 31st, then in January on 2nd, 3rd a...
18/12/2019

Over the Christmas holidays we are open on December 21st, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th and 31st, then in January on 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5.00pm each day. Entry is free! Enjoy the audioguides, test yourself to see if you're a super-recogniser and try on some hats.

The Houndsditch Murders occurred on this date in 1910. Sergeants Bentley and Tucker and Constable Choat were shot and ki...
16/12/2019

The Houndsditch Murders occurred on this date in 1910. Sergeants Bentley and Tucker and Constable Choat were shot and killed by Latvian separatists who had been trying to rob a jewellery shop on Houndsditch. A couple of the gang went into hiding on Sidney Street, leading to the famous siege of January 1911. This is the memorial that was put up for the fallen officers at Bishopsgate Station.

An armband was worn on the right wrist when early police officers were on duty. At first, sergeants wore it above the el...
13/12/2019

An armband was worn on the right wrist when early police officers were on duty. At first, sergeants wore it above the elbow on their right arm, but when chevrons were introduced to denote their rank, the armband for constables was moved to the left wrist.

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Find the City Police’s Olympic gold medal, find out if you are a super-reco...
06/12/2019

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Find the City Police’s Olympic gold medal, find out if you are a super-recogniser and try on some hats!

You won't believe it but we missed our birthday on 16th Nov! We are three years old! We think it’s important to continue...
29/11/2019

You won't believe it but we missed our birthday on 16th Nov! We are three years old! We think it’s important to continue to get the word out about the history of policing as part of the public debate on the role of the police.

The City of London Police have always been at the forefront of technology, especially when it comes to communications. T...
28/11/2019

The City of London Police have always been at the forefront of technology, especially when it comes to communications. This is a Motorcycle telephone used from 1965 to the early 70s. It is very heavy. You can see an officer using it in our header image.

Getting around the City isn’t too hard as it’s so small. The City police originally hired horses for big events, but hav...
21/11/2019

Getting around the City isn’t too hard as it’s so small. The City police originally hired horses for big events, but have had their own stables from 1947. The first vehicles were electric ambulances in 1907. The first police cars were purchased in 1937.

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