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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14/07/2020
The City of London Police Museum

We're still closed, so why don’t you watch the introduction to our museum online? #OurCityTogether 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...

#OTD On this day in 1450 Jack Cade hit London Stone and took London, briefly, before being beaten back by Londoners. Her...
03/07/2020

#OTD On this day in 1450 Jack Cade hit London Stone and took London, briefly, before being beaten back by Londoners. Here's a City Police Officer standing next to the stone in the early 20th century.

Bishopsgate Police Station had a police hospital attached that was set up by George Borlase Childs, the City Police Surg...
02/07/2020

Bishopsgate Police Station had a police hospital attached that was set up by George Borlase Childs, the City Police Surgeon, in 1866. Hospital orderlies wore this blue uniform and were usually recuperating police officers on light duties.

On a horse or on a bike, both are good ways to see the City of London.
24/06/2020

On a horse or on a bike, both are good ways to see the City of London.

The first Commissioner of the City Police was Daniel Whittle-Harvey who gave up his seat as the MP for Colchester in Ess...
09/06/2020

The first Commissioner of the City Police was Daniel Whittle-Harvey who gave up his seat as the MP for Colchester in Essex when taking the role.

Our audioguide is now available online if you'd like to browse through and listen to some of the extra information and e...
02/06/2020
MapMyVisit - City of London Police Museum

Our audioguide is now available online if you'd like to browse through and listen to some of the extra information and extracts of interviews with serving and ex-police officers. https://www.mapmyvisit.com/viewtour/3826/en/CFAC7D124382929E0978BBEBEBB77A87

Gain an insight into the history of the capital at the City of London Police Museum. Discover how the City of London Police has been policing the Square Mile from 1839 to the present day. Relive crucial moments in the history of the area: from Jack The Ripper’s murders to the bomb damages during t...

It's Volunteers Week. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who have done so much for us over the past year. And thanks to...
02/06/2020

It's Volunteers Week. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who have done so much for us over the past year. And thanks to volunteers everywhere.

28/05/2020
www.london.gov.uk

The Mayor of London's office has produced a pack of activities for London History Day this Sunday, 31st May. It's got ideas of people to dress up as and activities to do (we're referenced right in the back!). Download it here:https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/lhd_2020_london_heroes_family_guide_0.pdf

Check out today's BBC Arts page on Culture in Quarantine to see our Google Arts & Culture exhibition on the Suffragette ...
27/05/2020
Culture in Quarantine - BBC Arts

Check out today's BBC Arts page on Culture in Quarantine to see our Google Arts & Culture exhibition on the Suffragette bombs in our collection https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts

The homepage for Arts on the BBC, with film, features and events showcasing the arts in the UK and beyond.

On this day, May 21st 1863, James Fraser became the second City Police Commissioner, having succeeded Daniel Whittle-Har...
21/05/2020
Sir James Fraser

On this day, May 21st 1863, James Fraser became the second City Police Commissioner, having succeeded Daniel Whittle-Harvey. His obituary in 1892 in the Illustrated Evening News said that "Under his wise and strong hand the City force attained a maximum of efficiency..." https://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/view-item?i=26427

Sir James Fraser, Commissioner of the City of London Police 1863-1890, seated and wearing ceremonial costume with a sword hanging from his belt, and holding a hat and gloves.

Take a look at Our City Together, a new campaign by Visit The City to share inspiring, positive and thoughtful online co...
19/05/2020
Our City Together | Home

Take a look at Our City Together, a new campaign by
Visit The City to share inspiring, positive and thoughtful online content from the Square Mile and beyond. Find out about the earliest police ambulance for the City on http://ourcitytogether.london #OurCityTogether

The City and Met Police have been known to work together, including at the 1912 Olympics in the tug-of-war. Here's a new...
14/05/2020

The City and Met Police have been known to work together, including at the 1912 Olympics in the tug-of-war. Here's a newspaper article about it. They won silver.

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

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