Greater Manchester Police Museum

Greater Manchester Police Museum Come and discover one of Manchester's hidden gems! A Victorian police station in the heart of the Northern Quarter. ‘Explore Manchester’s hidden past – a labyrinth of alleyways and slums, interrupted only by the huge mills casting shadows below.
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An eerie underworld where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages. The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was really like for these officers in a busy Victorian police station. You’ll also see how times have changed and how policing has evolved to meet today’s needs. Located in the historic Northern Quarter of Manchester, the Museum was one of the cities earliest police stations and has been lovingly restored to reflect the reality of policing in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. See where Manchester’s criminals were charged and fingerprinted before being put into the cells, often packed with up to twelve men on a busy night! Why not take a seat on one of the cell beds with their wooden pillows. Admire the polished wood panels and stained glass in the 1895 Magistrate’s Court and experience how inmates would have felt standing in the dock!

Operating as usual

Schools! We need you! Would you like to help us trial our digital workshops? Free, KS2 one hour sessions beamed directly...
02/10/2020

Schools! We need you!

Would you like to help us trial our digital workshops? Free, KS2 one hour sessions beamed directly into your classroom. Email us for more information [email protected]

#digitallesson #digitalclassroom #crimeandpunishment #policehistory #history #Museums

Announcement - While the museum building remains closed to protect our team, we are pleased to launch two new digital wo...
18/09/2020

Announcement - While the museum building remains closed to protect our team, we are pleased to launch two new digital workshops for schools!

Workshop 1:

What is a Peeler? Your group will learn who formed the police and why. We will work together using the museum collection to discover how policing has changed over time.

Workshop 2:

Victorian crime and punishment. Using historical documents & photographs we follow in the footsteps of a young Victorian criminal to digitally discover our police station. Together we will investigate crimes and how they were punished in the past.

Workshops last for approximately 1 hour & are facilitated by the museum team, using video software to present to your class. If you would be interested in booking a workshop with us, or would like to know more email: [email protected]

You need a very particular skill set to join this Force! Police Review, 1923
18/09/2020

You need a very particular skill set to join this Force!

Police Review, 1923

We're going through articles from The Police Review, and they have some cracking adverts in them. I've never come across...
17/09/2020

We're going through articles from The Police Review, and they have some cracking adverts in them. I've never come across a whistle knife in the collection, has anyone else?

08/09/2020
Salford City Police - Last parade, 1968

We are very lucky to have been a copy of this film showing the last parade of Salford Police in 1968 before they amalgamated with Manchester, courtesy of the family of George Leslie Hoyes (1917-1992) who made this film.

We hope you enjoy it.

https://youtu.be/UQ2blgp4MgM

This short video was filmed by George Leslie Hoyes, and shows the last parade of Salford Police in 1968 before they amalgamated with Manchester City Police. ...

02/09/2020
A brief history of women in policing

#WomenWednesday

A new video in our 'From the archives' series on the history of women in policing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnbiCrhNX-M

#FromTheArchives #WomenInPolicing #Police #Women

Today in 'from the archives' we take a look back at the introduction of women in policing, and how their role has changed. Captioned for D/deaf and hard of h...

Thank you to all our volunteer team for making our museum special, and we hope to see you all soon.#MuseumTeam #Voluntee...
28/08/2020

Thank you to all our volunteer team for making our museum special, and we hope to see you all soon.

#MuseumTeam #Volunteers

Team meetings might look a little different at the moment, but we manage!#Volunteers #TeamMuseum #Meeting #DigitalMeetin...
28/08/2020

Team meetings might look a little different at the moment, but we manage!

#Volunteers #TeamMuseum #Meeting #DigitalMeeting #MuseumFromHome

Some of our volunteers assist with exhibits, or create their own. Did you know our Police Box was built by one of our #M...
28/08/2020

Some of our volunteers assist with exhibits, or create their own. Did you know our Police Box was built by one of our #MuseumTeam?

#Volunteers #Research #Exhibits

As well as greeting members of the force, and research roles as well.#MuseumTeam #FrontofHouse #Research #Volunteers
28/08/2020

As well as greeting members of the force, and research roles as well.

#MuseumTeam #FrontofHouse #Research #Volunteers

Our team have multiple roles, some work front of house greeting visitors and ensuring you have the best time with us.#Mu...
28/08/2020

Our team have multiple roles, some work front of house greeting visitors and ensuring you have the best time with us.

#MuseumTeam #FrontofHouse

It's not all work and no play for the team! A couple of pics from last year's Christmas get together and our research tr...
28/08/2020

It's not all work and no play for the team!

A couple of pics from last year's Christmas get together and our research trip to Nottingham.
#Teammuseum

We saved the best for last! We might be biased, but we feel the people that make every visit to the museum special are o...
28/08/2020

We saved the best for last!

We might be biased, but we feel the people that make every visit to the museum special are our volunteers. Today we'll share a small selection of images of our team!

#Volunteers #museum #teammuseum

Did you try our puzzle out at lunch time? PC John Bligh was trying something similar in his pocket book dated, 1902.#Man...
27/08/2020

Did you try our puzzle out at lunch time? PC John Bligh was trying something similar in his pocket book dated, 1902.

#Manchester #Police #Pocketbook #archives

Why not put your analytical skills to the test and see if you can solve this puzzle? #Puzzle #logic #dot #Police
27/08/2020

Why not put your analytical skills to the test and see if you can solve this puzzle?

#Puzzle #logic #dot #Police

Do you remember when we had a wonderful visit from one of GMP's analysts? #puzzles #analyst #patterns #logic #Police
27/08/2020

Do you remember when we had a wonderful visit from one of GMP's analysts?

#puzzles #analyst #patterns #logic #Police

#fingerfact
26/08/2020

#fingerfact

More CSI fun at the museum, hoping we can do this again soon! #museum #footprint #fingerprint #police
26/08/2020

More CSI fun at the museum, hoping we can do this again soon!

#museum #footprint #fingerprint #police

Let's discover our fingerprints at home! #whorls #loops #tents #craft #fingerprint
26/08/2020

Let's discover our fingerprints at home!

#whorls #loops #tents #craft #fingerprint

Public: Cool! Fingerprinting inkEducation Officer: This is a wonderful engagement tool!Curator: Don't.touch.anything.#mu...
26/08/2020

Public: Cool! Fingerprinting ink

Education Officer: This is a wonderful engagement tool!

Curator: Don't.touch.anything.

#museumlife #museumjoke #CSI #fingerprints #ink

#Diving #Divers #Underwater
25/08/2020

#Diving #Divers #Underwater

Would you like to wear a brass diving mask like that? It's very heavy! Why not try ours, it's much lighter! #Craft #Dive...
25/08/2020

Would you like to wear a brass diving mask like that? It's very heavy! Why not try ours, it's much lighter!

#Craft #Divers #Police #Underwater #Diving

Today we are looking back at the times we have been joined by the North West Regional Underwater Search and Marine Unit....
25/08/2020

Today we are looking back at the times we have been joined by the North West Regional Underwater Search and Marine Unit. (That's the Diving Unit to you and me).

#Dogs #Policedogs #GMP #Police #GermanShepherd #Spaniel
24/08/2020

#Dogs #Policedogs #GMP #Police #GermanShepherd #Spaniel

This image dating back to 1983 shows the @gmpolice dog display team!#Dog #policedog #goodboy #woof
24/08/2020

This image dating back to 1983 shows the @gmpolice dog display team!
#Dog #policedog #goodboy #woof

Here's your very pwn police dog to colour in and keep. Which hat will you give them? PD Jasper is a German Shepherd but ...
24/08/2020

Here's your very pwn police dog to colour in and keep. Which hat will you give them? PD Jasper is a German Shepherd but other breeds of dogs are also used by the police, Spaniels for instance.

#policedogs #dogs #summerholidays

Let's take a look at the canine unit, you love seeing them and they love the fuss! #policedogs #canine #dogs #dogsoftwit...
24/08/2020

Let's take a look at the canine unit, you love seeing them and they love the fuss!
#policedogs #canine #dogs #dogsoftwitter

This week to finish off the summer we are having a celebration of the different special guests that would normally join ...
24/08/2020

This week to finish off the summer we are having a celebration of the different special guests that would normally join us over the holidays to make your visit special.
#summerholidays This week to finish off the summer we are having a celebration of the different special guests that would normally join us over the holidays to make your visit special.
#summerholidays

Have a relaxing start to the weekend with our colouring sheet#Craft #Helicopter #Police #colouring
21/08/2020

Have a relaxing start to the weekend with our colouring sheet

#Craft #Helicopter #Police #colouring

India 99 in 1990, the first GMP helicopter sits on its pad in Openshaw, 1990. The first India 99 remained in service for...
21/08/2020

India 99 in 1990, the first GMP helicopter sits on its pad in Openshaw, 1990. The first India 99 remained in service for 12 years.

#helicopter

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57A Newton Street
Manchester
M1 1ET

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Public opening hours: Every Tuesday 10.30 - 15.30 with last admission at 15.00. Open for private tours and archive visits by appointment, please contact us for more information.

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Rochdale Town Hall in 1857 the new borough police force was established with a strength, some were soon dismissed for drunkenness, absenteeism, or for frequenting brothels. The police headquarters moved to the Town Hall in 1872
What a waste of time the vitual day was,didnt have twitter account so made one was just 3 mins of nothing of interest to children and no live videos on here,
Warching border control 107 .people bringing food stuffs in to this country on plane s endangering all our lives
Hi are you open please this Thursday the 20th ?
Hi, do you have any pictures of the old Sierra XR4x4’s please?
Susan Faud xx
Got me own elf
Are there any more dinky detectives sessions planned?
Do you have parking?
Good evening, i am planning to pay your museum a visit on Tuesday 26th November, do we need to pre book or just turn up on the day, thank you