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.

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Though women weren’t recruited as police officers to the City police until 1949, they did work as nurses in the City pol...
24/03/2021

Though women weren’t recruited as police officers to the City police until 1949, they did work as nurses in the City police hospital at Bishopsgate station from 1865, and Nurse Evelyn Rolfe died when the station was bombed in the Blitz. This is her copy of The Complete System of Nursing in the museum. #WomensHistoryMonth

Read our article about the Suffragette bombs left in the City in our collection https://www.ourcitytogether.london/inspi...
18/03/2021
Our City Together | Inspire| The City of London Police Museum is now home to two suffragette bombs, initially intended for the Bank of England and St Paul's Cathedral/

Read our article about the Suffragette bombs left in the City in our collection https://www.ourcitytogether.london/inspire/suffragette-bombs-in-the-city-of-london-police-museum

The suffragette movement was one of revolution, bravery and bombs. Take a look at two of the surviving bombs that now live at the City of London Police Museum.

Remembering the public and officers who were injured, or involved in the operation at the Old Bailey, when an IRA bomb d...
08/03/2021

Remembering the public and officers who were injured, or involved in the operation at the Old Bailey, when an IRA bomb detonated on this day in 1973.

04/03/2021

It’s #WorldBookDay – what’s your favourite book about the City of London Police?

Remembering the victims and survivors of the Moorgate tube crash on Feb 28th 1975, and the City of London Police officer...
28/02/2021

Remembering the victims and survivors of the Moorgate tube crash on Feb 28th 1975, and the City of London Police officers who helped with the rescue operation.

The women who were recruited to the City Police in the 1970s were promised the same powers as their male counterparts. D...
25/02/2021

The women who were recruited to the City Police in the 1970s were promised the same powers as their male counterparts. Did that happen in practice?

Did your relatives tell you tales of the Siege of Sidney Street? Or maybe you watched the 1960 film? Watch our videos wi...
23/02/2021
Our City Together | The Houndsditch Murders

Did your relatives tell you tales of the Siege of Sidney Street? Or maybe you watched the 1960 film? Watch our videos with the Metropolitan Police Heritage Service about the Houndsditch Murders and the Siege of Sidney Street, remembering the police officers and firefighters who were killed and injured. https://www.ourcitytogether.london/do/the-houndsditch-murders

On the 16th December 1911 three City of London Police officers were killed in the line of duty, learn more about the infamous Houndsditch Murders.

If you're looking for something to keep little ones busy during half-term. there are video instructions for making a pap...
08/02/2021
Barbican & Community Libraries Fun Day - City of London Police Museum

If you're looking for something to keep little ones busy during half-term. there are video instructions for making a paper police helmet below. You don't need a printer for this, just white paper, pencils, scissors and sticky tape. If you do have a printer, there are some templates to download in the comments. https://youtu.be/BH3weXAB6ng

The City of London Police Museum tells the story of the City of London Police and some of the major events that the police have dealt with. We love visiting...

Bed linen to be used in the personal quarters at stations was embroidered in red with the City of London Police name. Do...
04/02/2021

Bed linen to be used in the personal quarters at stations was embroidered in red with the City of London Police name. Does anyone embroider? We'd love to see your work. Post it here in the comments.

Although it looks like a doll’s house, police carpenter George Bayliss made this model of a crime scene for a the Hounds...
01/02/2021

Although it looks like a doll’s house, police carpenter George Bayliss made this model of a crime scene for a the Houndsditch Murders trial at the Old Bailey in 1911. Who else is into model-making?

Dogs have been part of City Police for many years and are treasured. Who else has a good boi they want to show us?
26/01/2021

Dogs have been part of City Police for many years and are treasured. Who else has a good boi they want to show us?

We miss seeing the City Horses outside the museum every afternoon (the photo below is from our launch). Who else misses ...
22/01/2021

We miss seeing the City Horses outside the museum every afternoon (the photo below is from our launch). Who else misses seeing them patrolling the streets of the City because they’ve been WFH or on furlough?

In April 1967 it was advertised that a married man who joined the City Police aged 22 would be earning £1288 a year. Wha...
20/01/2021

In April 1967 it was advertised that a married man who joined the City Police aged 22 would be earning £1288 a year. What was your starting salary in your first job and in what year?

To continue our story about the Houndsditch Murders, #OTD 10th Jan 1911, DI Thompson visited a gun shop, Westley Richard...
10/01/2021

To continue our story about the Houndsditch Murders, #OTD 10th Jan 1911, DI Thompson visited a gun shop, Westley Richards & Co on New Bond Street, to ask about where the Mausers (a 3D copy of one of these can be seen in the image) found at Sidney Street were bought from.
In a reply ten days later they said "we have today heard from our friend Herr Mauser, the inventor & maker at Oberndorf, that the two pistols..., were sold to his agent, Mr Adolf Frank of Hamburg, on December 13th 1907 & he subsequently sold them to Louis Smeets of Antwerp"
The gun sellers included some marketing material for the Mauser with an offer to arm the City Police for a good price:
"Pistol complete with Holsters £5-5-0
Cartridges with Military Bullets 8-0 per 100
Cartridges with Soft Nose Bullets 8-6 per 100"

On 16th December in 1910 three police officers, Sergeants Bentley and Tucker and Constable Choat, were killed by burglar...
16/12/2020

On 16th December in 1910 three police officers, Sergeants Bentley and Tucker and Constable Choat, were killed by burglars with automatic weapons at Exchange Buildings off Houndsditch. The gang escaped but not before one was shot accidentally by one of his friends. This is an imaginative recreation of the shooting in the Daily Graphic.

Here are a couple of photos of cadets in 1958-9. The footballers are all named, but who’s boxing?
11/12/2020

Here are a couple of photos of cadets in 1958-9. The footballers are all named, but who’s boxing?

In the First and Second World Wars the police were also essentially early paramedics, operating an ambulance service and...
10/12/2020

In the First and Second World Wars the police were also essentially early paramedics, operating an ambulance service and administering First Aid, something they had been trained in since the late 19th century.

We are recording a talk today with Clare Smith of the Metropolitan Police Heritage Service and Paul Bickley of the Met’s...
08/12/2020

We are recording a talk today with Clare Smith of the Metropolitan Police Heritage Service and Paul Bickley of the Met’s Crime Museum about the Houndsditch Murders – the video will be out on the anniversary 16th Dec.

Does anyone know anything about this photo? All we know is it says it's from Christmas Eve 1965.
04/12/2020

Does anyone know anything about this photo? All we know is it says it's from Christmas Eve 1965.

These medals belonged to Sergeant Tucker, one of three police officers killed on Dec 16th 1910 at the Houndsditch Murder...
28/11/2020

These medals belonged to Sergeant Tucker, one of three police officers killed on Dec 16th 1910 at the Houndsditch Murders, the others being Sergeant Bentley and Constable Choat.

As well as the Queen Victoria Jubilee medal and the Coronation medal of Edward VII he was posthumously awarded the King’s Police Medal. Tucker was meant to have retired in 1910 but he requested to stay on until the coronation of George V in 1911, but he didn't make it.

Former PS “Eddy” Jones donated this image of him demonstrating the first breathalyser in 1967. He didn’t know the name o...
27/11/2020

Former PS “Eddy” Jones donated this image of him demonstrating the first breathalyser in 1967. He didn’t know the name of the CID officer.

Thanks for the heads up about obscuring the address, and many apologies to Eddy.

We have information that the CID officer is Ex Superintendent Robin Francis.

This letter is dated 21st April 1860 and is from the City of London Corporation to the City Police Commissioner about es...
24/11/2020

This letter is dated 21st April 1860 and is from the City of London Corporation to the City Police Commissioner about establishing a telegraphic communication system between police stations. Sorry the photo is a bit blurry.

These City Police flats at Ferndale Court in Brixton were damaged by bombing on 27th November 1940. Does anyone remember...
20/11/2020

These City Police flats at Ferndale Court in Brixton were damaged by bombing on 27th November 1940. Does anyone remember these flats?

One of the jobs of the early City Watch was to light the lamps, ‘cressets’, outside livery halls, as set out in these in...
19/11/2020
Ancient Manner and Order of Setting the Watch. | London Metropolitan Archives

One of the jobs of the early City Watch was to light the lamps, ‘cressets’, outside livery halls, as set out in these instructions from 1585 at the London Metropolitan Archives
https://search.lma.gov.uk/scripts/mwimain.dll/144/LMA_OPAC/web_detail/REFD+CLA~2F048~2FPS~2F02~2F001?SESSIONSEARCH#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0&z=-1.3826%2C-0.0884%2C3.7651%2C1.7686

The City of London website also provides a wide range of information about London Metropolitan Archives including the latest news and events.

Catherine Eddowes was one of many people arrested for being drunk and disorderly on the streets and kept in a cell at Bi...
17/11/2020

Catherine Eddowes was one of many people arrested for being drunk and disorderly on the streets and kept in a cell at Bishopsgate Police Station in the Victorian period. Less than an hour after her release she was murdered. This is an image from a 3D video recreation installed in the museum of her time in the cell created for us by Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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