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. 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!
Museum visitors who may require use of the accessible toilet, please be aware the toilet seat is broken today. We have made our Facilities Team aware, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Baby change is still available.
There will be Police training taking place in the museum today. We are open as normal!
The GMP Museum is open today, Tuesday 4th June, for half term from 10:30am!
We're still running our duck hunt! You and your family can become "Duck Detectives" and join the search for “Robber Duck” 🔍👮
Last admission is 15:00. Address: 57a Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ET.
We are open today 10:30-15:00!
Come and help PC Duck find Robber Duck.
Greater Manchester Police
The GMP Museum is open tomorrow, Thursday 30th May, for half term from 10am!
Tomorrow we will be running a duck hunt, where you and your family can become "Duck Detectives" and join the search for “Robber Duck” 🔍👮
Last admission 15:00.
Our thoughts are with all those affected today.
Remembering the 22 innocent lives lost in the Manchester Arena attack on 22 May 2017.
Our thoughts will always be with their families and all those injured or affected.
Our last post for #MuseumWeek2019...
We couldn't get by without the help of our friends, so a big thank you to everybody who has supported us. Our fantastic volunteer team, lovely visitors and amazing staff and officers of GMP who give up their time to make us a success.
Thank you all.
Our lovely horse, Duff has many friends come to see him at the museum!
Have you said hello to Duff on an open day?
#FriendsMW #MuseumWeek2019 #MuseumWeek
The last topic for #MuseumWeek is #FriendsMW. We thought this would be a great time to introduce our new Education & Engagement Officer, Helen.
Helen has a wealth of experience, having worked at amazing museums such as the National Justice Museum & Science and Industry Museum to name a few!
I hope you will all join us in making Helen very welcome at GMP Museum.
GMP has thousands of images in its collection. They catalogue the history of the Police and crime as early as the 1870s right up to the present day. Many of these images are available for you to see on our Flickr page:
Dino and Peeler Mouse have wandered off into the basement for an #ExploreMW #MuseumWeek2019 #MuseumWeek
They've come across signs that would have attached to the top of Police vehicles and a machine for recording interviews. The tape machine came to us following a project to upgrade from analogue to digital equipment throughout GMP.
Eagle eyed followers may recognise it from a recent Police drama series!?
GMP is proudly flying the flag for #IDAHOBIT2019
Today (17 May) marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.
The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
#MuseumWeek #WeAllStandTogether #RainbowMW
The Rainbow Flag is flying today as we proudly support #IDAHOBIT 🌈
Today's theme for #MuseumWeek2019 is #ExploreMW
Look closer at our collection...
This small box was part of an extensive 'key box' system held at Newton St Station. Local shop owners could deposit their keys at the station and Officers would check their premises during the night. If there was an emergency, a sign on the shop would alert the public that the keys were held at the nearby station.
#MuseumWeek #Key #GreaterManchesterPolice
#RainbowMW #MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2019
One of the mirror tiled Bobby Dazzler police helmets created Brett Dearden of Creative Headspace for a live recreation of the Banksy stencil Kissing Coppers.
The recreation took place as part of Greater Manchester Police’s entry in the Manchester Pride Parade 2016.
Brett said: “The fact that this idea has been backed by the Chief from the very start speaks volumes. I can’t speak on their behalf, but I feel that GMP have embraced, wittingly or not, an opportunity to demonstrate just how much things have moved on in the 12 years since Banksy's artwork appeared in Brighton. I see this as a positive reflection of our society as a whole, representing the progress of LGBT rights in this country.
Today is #RainbowMW so we'd love to share this fabulous card from one our lovely groups. It's always a treat to get a thank you card in the post! Thank you TEAM RISE Project East Lancashire
On our open days you can come and dress up as a Police Constable!
Like lots of museums, most of our collection is not on display. Here is a sneaky peak at some of hidden areas.
Want to know a secret?
Newton Street station used to have two wings of cells. One for males, and one for females. When the station was remodelled the female wing was removed to make way (weigh?!) for the weights and measures department. Now all you can see is this wall.
We were delighted to host a celebration event for High Sheriff, Dr Robina Shah at the museum last night. The event honoured young people and their achievements, as well as those who had helped the High Sheriff during her year in Office.
Last night saw the latest Team Sheriff event. This time the venue was the Greater Manchester Police Museum. Dr Robina Shah, High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, hosted the evening and presented awards to many of the people who have assisted her during her year in office. She also presented Commendati...
It's nearly time for Easter open days.
Join us on the 9th, 11th, 16th & 18th of April from 10.30 - 3.30. Free entry!
Wonderful to have BBC filming #crimewatchroadshow at the museum on Friday. Along with the regular features, the show highlighted the contribution of women in policing for International Women's Day.
Thanks to everyone who came and visited us over the half term, and to our super volunteer team for looking after everybody!
We've had some lovely reviews over the week on Trip Advisor and by email. Pictured below is Freddie in the Court Room with John, one of our team. His mum, Emma emailed us to say "thanks for a great day" and has kindly given permission to share this image.
Our next holiday open days will be the 9th, 11th, 16th & 18th of April.
All ages are welcome at GMP Museum! We've just had a wonderful letter & pictures from Kids Allowed Altrincham who we had the pleasure of meeting a couple of weeks ago.
"Thank you so much again and thank you to the fantastic, friendly, helpful and kind staff you have working there".
Thank you for visiting, your kind words and lovely pictures!
Hi everyone, we're very excited to confirm that GMP Search & Recovery team & Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will be with us tomorrow! We'll also be open on Thursday 21st February for double the fun.
Doors open 10.30 - 3.30 with last admission at 3.00. Entry, as always, is free. As there is a maximum capacity of 120 for the building you may be required to queue for entry at busy periods.
Behind the scenes today and looking at our lantern slides. This one is labelled as "The Boot & Cigarette Race"
We have no idea why! They obviously have to put their boots on, but we don't know where the cigarettes come in!
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our visitors for making this year a record breaking one for us. The ones that came on that mad day in February to the ones that came on our last open day! The groups that come for private tours, and the many, many school children that, we hope, enjoy learning in our museum.
We'd also like to thank all our volunteers too. Without them there would be no museum. Not just the ones who help our visitors on open days, but the ones behind the scenes, who help with family history research, and the ones who help look after the collection and archive.
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
And maybe when you feel like doing nothing else after your Christmas dinner, browse some of our collection online over on Flickr. 😊
Images from the collection of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives. The Museum, based in a former police station, is located on Manchester's Newton Street and contains images, records and objects relating to local policing in the past and present. Visiting Details Admission Free Open Tuesda...
The big day is getting closer and no doubt you are thinking about how to entertain your guests. Here's an idea from the 1915 edition of On & Off Duty. Buy a piano and if you're a police officer you can obtain special rates.
Thankfully for those of us without the musical talent to play a piano, Mortons also sell gramophones.
Well, that's our last open day of the year over. Thank you to all our visitors for making it a record year, and we hope the people mistakenly looking for concert tickets in our police box eventually found the right box!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is our last open day of the year!
10:30-3pm Free entry!
Today, 14 December 2018, statues to Emmeline Pankhurst and Annie Kenney are being unveiled in Manchester and Oldham.
Because of women like these we are sharing a picture of Daisy Sharratt. Daisy was a member of the Women Police Service (WPS), and a pioneer figure in the early history of policewomen.
Margaret Damer Dawson and Nina Boyle, a staunch Suffragette, founded a committee that became the Women Police Volunteers, later the Women Police Service (WPS). The government had always opposed the idea of policewomen but with so many policemen joining the army at the outbreak of the first world war, it was considered necessary to have women volunteers to help run the service.
The women wore a uniform designed by Miss Dawson, but they had no powers of arrest. They moved drunks on and visited the families of girls they believed were in “moral danger”.
Daisy Sharratt was member no. 333 of the WPS - we have her membership card, signed by Damer Dawson - and she worked for the Ministry of Munitions stationed at Gretna Munitions Factory during WW1. Daisy moved around the country and subsequently had a career as a policewoman in Birkenhead and Bolton.
Among her possessions held at the museum is a booklet entitled “Regulations – Women Police Service”, it notes, among other things, that “No parcels or bags of any description shall be carried by Policewomen when on duty”, probably something the 1960s policewomen wished was in force then!
Do you have a police officer you are struggling to buy a present for? How about some inspiration from a 1910 Special Christmas edition of "On & Off Duty"? A self heating hot water flask. What every police officer needs!
December/Christmas opening dates: The museum will be open December 4th, 11th & 18th & closed December 25th and January 1st. We will reopen to the public on the 8th January.
We will not be open on Thursdays during the Christmas holidays.
On Friday we were very lucky to welcome the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester to the museum. Dr Robina Shah took time from her busy schedule to take a tour of the building and discuss how the High Sheriff's Trust and GMP Museum can work more closely together.
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.
If you're tuning into 'Portillo's Hidden History of Britain' tonight, watch out for one of our team! Mike McCulloch will be talking to Michael Portillo about Whitworth St Police Station, situated inside London Rd Fire Station.
Also featured is Dennis Wood, former volunteer at the museum, reminiscing about his days on the beat.
Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary, abandoned locations.
Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War
2018 marks the centenary of the 1918 Armistice that ended the First World War. As part of the commemorations the museum wishes to honour the service of the police officers in the Greater Manchester area who volunteered for the armed forces, and the special constables who took their place. After Britain’s entry into the First World War on the 4th August 1914, many former servicemen, now in the police force, were asked to rejoin their former regiments. As Britain did not implement a conscripted army for the initial years of the war, the British army was reliant on volunteers. Here is just a small sample of some of the Officers who served in the First World War.
Christopher Chas Barrett
Christopher Barrett served in the army from 1907 to January 1914. He joined the police in July 1914 only to be called to service in August 1914. He returned to the Royal Horse Artillery and served for the duration of the War. He demobilised after the Armistice and was reappointed in the police in 1919. His character is recorded as Exemplary upon discharge from the Army and he resigned from the Salford Police Force on 4th October 1933 at 45 years old.
James Blackford served in the 2nd Manchester Regiment from May 1902 to May 1904 and discharged with very good service. He then joined the police force in 1907 until the outbreak of war in 1914. He was then sent to the war office as an assistant instructor, and later served as an enlisted man for the rest of the conflict. After he was demobilised in December 1918, he rejoined the police force, and served until 1932, when he retired at the age of 48.
Thomas Box joined the Police Force on the 15th September 1913 after serving in the Army from 11/12/1907 to 24/08/1911. He was called upon to rejoin the 2nd Grenadier Guards on the 5th August 1914 and served for the duration of the war. He was demobilised from the army and was appointed constable on 30th December 1918. He left the Force on 9th June 1926 aged 35.
Whilst many other officers also served in the war, the work of the Special Constables is also to be commended. After the Special Constables Act of 1914, Specials could be appointed for an indefinite amount of time to ensure peace during this national emergency. Specials were organised into a company of 50, led by a leader who were assigned to one of twenty districts available at the time. Many specials were not given uniforms and used only an armband and police badge to denote their station. By 1916 however, a full uniform had been created for on duty officers, as well as an off duty lapel badge and an “On War Duty” badge. These were to discourage and prevent the presentation of the white feather for cowardice, given by a misguided public to men they saw as unpatriotic. After the Armistice in 1918, the Specials were mostly disbanded, and serving members were given a certificate and decorated truncheon with their name and the coat of arms of their place of service.
57A Newton Street Manchester M1 1ET
Public opening hours: Every Tuesday 10.30 - 15.30 with last admission at 15.00.
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