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.

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.

There were 125,000 residents of the City of London when the police were set up in 1839. Now there are only 9000, but 500...
20/11/2019

There were 125,000 residents of the City of London when the police were set up in 1839. Now there are only 9000, but 500,000 people come to work here every day, making policing the City very different to the rest of London. #historicpolicing

Happy 25th Birthday to The National Lottery! @HeritageFundUK support enabled us to, teach students about the history pol...
14/11/2019

Happy 25th Birthday to The National Lottery! @HeritageFundUK support enabled us to, teach students about the history policing in the City of London, as well as present day fraud and cybercrime. #NationalLottery25

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4pm if you are in the City for the #LordMayorsShow #LMS. Explore the story of polic...
08/11/2019

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4pm if you are in the City for the #LordMayorsShow #LMS. Explore the story of police in the City of London from 1839.

The City of London Police Cadets were formed in 1950 and trained at Bishopsgate Police Station, while also spending 15 h...
06/11/2019

The City of London Police Cadets were formed in 1950 and trained at Bishopsgate Police Station, while also spending 15 hours a week at City Day College. #historicpolicing

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4pm. Explore the story of police in the City of London from 1839, including fraud a...
25/10/2019

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4pm. Explore the story of police in the City of London from 1839, including fraud and forgery.

Kids made lots of hats and tried on lots of real police hats today in the museum. Great half-term fun.
24/10/2019

Kids made lots of hats and tried on lots of real police hats today in the museum. Great half-term fun.

We're running family fun tomorrow, Thursday 24th October, from 11am to 4pm, making police hats!
23/10/2019

We're running family fun tomorrow, Thursday 24th October, from 11am to 4pm, making police hats!

It's half-term next week in London, come and visit the museum on Thursday 24th October for free family activities from 1...
18/10/2019

It's half-term next week in London, come and visit the museum on Thursday 24th October for free family activities from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

We're open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4.00pm. During the day we'll be running some family activities looking at one of the...
11/10/2019

We're open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4.00pm. During the day we'll be running some family activities looking at one of the little known skills police officer's used to need - carpentry to make models of crime scenes to take to trial!

This Saturday 12th October we’ll be running a Police Carpenter event around George Bayliss’s model of Exchange Buildings...
09/10/2019

This Saturday 12th October we’ll be running a Police Carpenter event around George Bayliss’s model of Exchange Buildings for a trial at the Old Bailey. Come and design and make your own buildings inspired by his skill.

It's #WorldAnimalDay today. Animals have served in the City of London Police for many years. Horses were originally hire...
04/10/2019

It's #WorldAnimalDay today. Animals have served in the City of London Police for many years. Horses were originally hired but the City police have had their own stables from 1947. They get 33lbs of food a day, and plenty of rest away from the job. These photos show inside the City Police stables.

On Saturday 12th October we’ll be running a Police Carpenter event around George Bayliss’s model of Exchange Buildings f...
26/09/2019

On Saturday 12th October we’ll be running a Police Carpenter event around George Bayliss’s model of Exchange Buildings for a trial at the Old Bailey. Come and design and make your own buildings inspired by his skill.

The first Zeppelin bombing raids of the First World War on the City and East End happened during the night of 8th Septem...
06/09/2019
View from Wood Street

The first Zeppelin bombing raids of the First World War on the City and East End happened during the night of 8th September 1915. Six people were killed and 38 injured. City of London Police helped with the clear up and rescue. This contemporary photograph shows some of the damage. https://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/view-item?i=40280

Presumed to overlook the damage to the premises of Ward, Sturt & Sharp, wholesale hosiers, nos. 84-89, Wood Street. 8 September 1915.

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4pm. Explore the story of police in the City of London from 1839.
30/08/2019

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4pm. Explore the story of police in the City of London from 1839.

29/08/2019

If you're planning to visit soon, just so you know we are closing early on Thursday 5th September at 1.00pm. We will reopen at 9.30am on Friday 6th September.

George II passed an act for "the better regulating the nightly Watch and Bedels within the City of London" 1736. 56 men ...
22/08/2019

George II passed an act for "the better regulating the nightly Watch and Bedels within the City of London" 1736. 56 men were employed in the day at various watch-houses, and in Smithfield Market and 12 at night to help the existing watchmen. Here are the tools of their trade. The truncheon dates to 1737 and was a gift to the watch from the Worshipful Company of Bakers. It was probably just ceremonial. The swords were not used by the watch but by their supervisors, the marshalls, as a badge of office. The rattle was the equivalent of a walkie-talkie to call for help.

We are closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, and we are closing early at 1.00pm on 5th September. We are otherwise...
21/08/2019

We are closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, and we are closing early at 1.00pm on 5th September. We are otherwise open every week day and on Saturday 31st August.

Come and make some police hats with us tomorrow. We're open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. #free #summerhols
09/08/2019

Come and make some police hats with us tomorrow. We're open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. #free #summerhols

Have you already started your school #holidays or will do this week? Need #free things to do? Visit us, we’re free! Come...
22/07/2019

Have you already started your school #holidays or will do this week? Need #free things to do? Visit us, we’re free! Come and try out our children’s trail and try on some police hats!

We’re counting down to the school holidays – are you? On 9th August at 1pm there will be a family tour of the museum com...
15/07/2019

We’re counting down to the school holidays – are you? On 9th August at 1pm there will be a family tour of the museum complete with games, songs and dressing up – suitable for kids of all ages. Put the date in your diaries!

We are open tomorrow! We're not open every Saturday, so grab your chance to visit us! We are #free and open from 10.00am...
12/07/2019

We are open tomorrow! We're not open every Saturday, so grab your chance to visit us! We are #free and open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Come and explore 180 years of the history of the City of London Police.

George Borlase-Childs was the City of London Police's second police surgeon. He recommended a change in headgear from th...
10/07/2019

George Borlase-Childs was the City of London Police's second police surgeon. He recommended a change in headgear from the original top hat to the combed helmet as he treated lots of head injuries. He also set up the police hospital at Bishopsgate Station in 1865, which continued in operation until the NHS was set up. More info about him can be found here: http://www.ploddinthesquaremile.co.uk/dr-george-borlase-childs/

One of the jobs for London’s early watchmen was to illuminate the City at night. This is the order for lighting ‘cresset...
05/07/2019
Ancient Manner and Order of Setting the Watch. | London Metropolitan Archives

One of the jobs for London’s early watchmen was to illuminate the City at night. This is the order for lighting ‘cressets’ around the livery company halls from 1585, now in the London Metropolitan Archives. https://search.lma.gov.uk/scripts/mwimain.dll/144/LMA_OPAC/web_detail/REFD+CLA~2F048~2FPS~2F02~2F001?SESSIONSEARCH

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

We’re counting down to the school holidays – are you? On 1st August there will be a family tour of the museum complete w...
04/07/2019

We’re counting down to the school holidays – are you? On 1st August there will be a family tour of the museum complete with games, songs and dressing up – suitable for kids of all ages. No need to book, just drop in at 1.00pm for an afternoon of fun.

We are open tomorrow from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Come and use our audioguides to delve into more detail about the 180 years of the City of London Police, try out the children's trail or try on the police helmets and hats - or all three! https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/about-us/history/museum/Pages/default.aspx

21/06/2019

#OTD #OnThisDay in 1839 the City of London Police Bill was read in the House of Commons for the third time. Lord John Russell (link) objected, saying that the Met Police should cover the City as well as the rest of London. A vote was postponed for a month... https://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/view-item?key=SXsiUCI6eyJ2YWx1ZSI6ImxvcmQgam9obiBydXNzZWxsIiwib3BlcmF0b3IiOjEsImZ1enp5UHJlZml4TGVuZ3RoIjozLCJmdXp6eU1pblNpbWlsYXJpdHkiOjAuNzUsIm1heFN1Z2dlc3Rpb25zIjozLCJhbHdheXNTdWdnZXN0IjpudWxsfSwiRiI6ImV5SnpJanBiTWwwc0luUWlPbHN4TERJc015dzJMREZkZlEifQ&pg=5&WINID=1561124006612#e854mPIOBwAAAAFrej3L3g/291148

13/06/2019

#OTD #OnThisDay in 1917 during the First World War, the first plane bombing raid took place. Bombs had been dropped by zeppelins at night from 1915. 14 aeroplanes attacked the East End and the City in broad daylight between 11.40 and 11.42am they loosed no fewer than seventy-two bombs within a one-mile radius of Liverpool Street station. In all 158 men, women and children were killed and 411 injured.

#OTD #OnThisDay Black Wednesday of the Gordon Riots in 1780, a time of anti-Catholic violence. Newgate Prison and the Ba...
07/06/2019
Old Bailey, Newgate Prison

#OTD #OnThisDay Black Wednesday of the Gordon Riots in 1780, a time of anti-Catholic violence. Newgate Prison and the Bank of England were attacked. The City Watch couldn’t cope and the army was brought in. Nearly 300 rioters were shot dead and another 200 injured. It would still be 50 years before the City of London Police was formally established. https://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk/view-item?key=SXsiUCI6eyJ2YWx1ZSI6ImdvcmRvbiByaW90Iiwib3BlcmF0b3IiOjEsImZ1enp5UHJlZml4TGVuZ3RoIjozLCJmdXp6eU1pblNpbWlsYXJpdHkiOjAuNzUsIm1heFN1Z2dlc3Rpb25zIjozLCJhbHdheXNTdWdnZXN0IjpudWxsfX0&pg=6&WINID=1559899525460#BcL0IJFgXpsAAAFrMUHIdw/4563

View of rioters setting fire to Newgate Prison in 1780 during the Gordon Riots. Various banners can be seen with anti Papist statements on them.

During the First and Second World War many police officers signed up to fight, so the police service was supplemented by...
06/06/2019

During the First and Second World War many police officers signed up to fight, so the police service was supplemented by the First Police Reserve (retired police officers) and volunteer Special Constables. There was also a group of War reserves during the Second World War. Here are examples of medals the Reserve Forces received for their wartime work. Red is for Constable, blue for Sergeant and white for Inspector. #volunteersweek

It’s #volunteersweek and we couldn’t run our museum without them. Huge thanks to our volunteers, who run tours, do talks...
05/06/2019
City of London Police Museum

It’s #volunteersweek and we couldn’t run our museum without them. Huge thanks to our volunteers, who run tours, do talks and research City Police history. If you want to volunteer with us, drop us an email. https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/about-us/history/museum/Pages/default.aspx

The City of London Police Museum takes 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 cybercr...

Here are some of the faces our visitors made today using our old photo-fit kit!
30/05/2019

Here are some of the faces our visitors made today using our old photo-fit kit!

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Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 19:30
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00

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