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.
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‘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!

A range of activities you can print at home, based on our collections. We'll keep adding to this album, so don't forget ...
02/06/2020

A range of activities you can print at home, based on our collections. We'll keep adding to this album, so don't forget to check back!

A range of activities you can print at home, based on our collections. We'll keep adding to this album, so don't forget to check back!

Sorry it's a bit late but Dinky Detectives - Goldilocks and the three bears is ready for viewing! Gather round with Hele...
02/06/2020

Sorry it's a bit late but Dinky Detectives - Goldilocks and the three bears is ready for viewing! Gather round with Helen for our special GMP Museum version of this classic tale.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RJWZ4jx-pg

Watch all the way through for a challenge from the bears! Colouring sheet also attached!

#preschool #HomeschoolinguK @kidsinmuseums

#CopShopTuesday #Salford City Police’s headquarters on the city’s famous Crescent.The building was opened by the Earl of...
02/06/2020

#CopShopTuesday #Salford City Police’s headquarters on the city’s famous Crescent.

The building was opened by the Earl of Derby on the 24th of September 1957.

The Crescent served as the headquarters of the Salford Division until the early 2000s. #museumfromhome #DigitalMuseum

01/06/2020

It's Volunteers Week! What better time to say thank you to our amazing team. We miss you all and are looking forward to seeing you as soon as we can.

#Volunteers #VolunteersWeek

#MondayMotivaton This might inspire you to get that jog around the block in after work... nah #Manchester City Police sp...
01/06/2020

#MondayMotivaton This might inspire you to get that jog around the block in after work... nah

#Manchester City Police sports day c1910.

We are pleased to announce that you can now search for ancestors within our Salford Alien Registers via our website! htt...
29/05/2020
Alien Register Index Search

We are pleased to announce that you can now search for ancestors within our Salford Alien Registers via our website!

https://gmpmuseum.co.uk/collections/resources/alien-register-index-search/

These registers contain the names of Non-UK citizens living in Salford during the First and Second World Wars.

Though they may have moved to the city much earlier, the Alien Registration Act of 1914 forced all foreign nationals to register with their local Police Forces. People who were deemed 'Enemy Aliens' (those from countries the UK and its Allies were at war with) could be deported or interned, for many others who were allowed to remain, restrictions would be placed on their movement and everyday lives.

Museum & Archives

#Friday #friyay #FridayFun A puzzle for your tea break! Or your little one.... Can you find all the words in our word se...
29/05/2020

#Friday #friyay #FridayFun

A puzzle for your tea break! Or your little one.... Can you find all the words in our word search?

#puzzle

Officers of #Manchester City Police form a line in front of the crowds waiting outside Manchester Cathedral to catch a g...
28/05/2020

Officers of #Manchester City Police form a line in front of the crowds waiting outside Manchester Cathedral to catch a glimpse of King Edward VII on a visit to Manchester in 1909.

#ThrowbackThursday #Throwback #throwbackpic

#WomenWednesday A GMP officer with a Commonwealth Games volunteer at the Athletes' Village bus station. #Manchester host...
27/05/2020

#WomenWednesday A GMP officer with a Commonwealth Games volunteer at the Athletes' Village bus station. #Manchester hosted the Games in 2002, it was said to have been largest multi-sport event ever to have been held in the UK, & was hosted at venues across the region.

We made a podcast! The GMP Plodcast is now available, join members of the museum team as we learn about the founder of t...
26/05/2020
GMP Museum “Plod”-cast

We made a podcast!

The GMP Plodcast is now available, join members of the museum team as we learn about the founder of the Police, Sir Robert Peel. Helen puts us through our paces with a quiz, which team will take home the glory? Tune to find out!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CF8Hn5MwK2x6OlQAMNDI3

If you are D/deaf or hard of hearing we also have a captioned version of the Plodcast, on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu6sSOcj0yo

Listen to GMP Museum “Plod”-cast on Spotify. This is a podcast produced by the staff and volunteers of the museum. We hope that we can bring a bit of fun, facts and entertainment to you, while exploring the history of policing.

#CopShopTuesday Built for Lancashire County Constabulary in 1900, #Didsbury Police Station was used by Greater Mancheste...
26/05/2020

#CopShopTuesday Built for Lancashire County Constabulary in 1900, #Didsbury Police Station was used by Greater Manchester Police to house members Didsbury and Withington Neighbourhood Policing Team, until it was sold.

Well done to the eagle eyed followers who spotted the mistake, in our original post. The perils of copying information from old posts!

#MondayMotivation I'd love to tell you that we knew what this 1975 photo was about, but we don't. He appears to be holdi...
25/05/2020

#MondayMotivation I'd love to tell you that we knew what this 1975 photo was about, but we don't. He appears to be holding an early motion alarm, but the goose? We hope your week is less confusing than this image.

#MuseumFromHome #DigitalMuseum #Archive

Today we remember the twenty-two victims of the MEN Arena attack on the 22nd May 2017, and their families. There will be...
22/05/2020

Today we remember the twenty-two victims of the MEN Arena attack on the 22nd May 2017, and their families. There will be a minute's silence at 2pm today as we reflect and offer our thoughts to those affected.

#ThrowbackThursday A #Bolton Borough officer directs traffic in 1966, note her white gloves and arm cuffs.  This was the...
21/05/2020

#ThrowbackThursday A #Bolton Borough officer directs traffic in 1966, note her white gloves and arm cuffs. This was the only high visibility clothing available at the time. #Throwback #throwbackpic

#WomenWednesday A cup winning  sports team are photographed with Chief Constable Sir John McKay on top of Bootle St, Pol...
20/05/2020

#WomenWednesday A cup winning sports team are photographed with Chief Constable Sir John McKay on top of Bootle St, Police Head Quarters. Sadly their sport has not been recorded on the negative, do you know who they are? #sport

We've got a brand new activity for you this week, why not create your own town?Use the picture below as inspiration, cut...
19/05/2020

We've got a brand new activity for you this week, why not create your own town?

Use the picture below as inspiration, cut & colour the templates for the roads and buildings, or even draw your own! Have you made our model car from previous weeks? That would look great in your town!

We'd love to see your towns, so please share any pictures with us. #MuseumFromHome

We are pleased to launch a new image loan box & activity pack on the the theme of 'People who help us'. The link below w...
19/05/2020
Image Loan Box

We are pleased to launch a new image loan box & activity pack on the the theme of 'People who help us'. The link below will take you to our web page, the bottom two links are for this new resource.

https://gmpmuseum.co.uk/collection-item/image-loan-box/

It focuses primarily on the police but is designed to be used as part of the wider topic
#HomeschoolinguK
#Homeschooling2020
#homelearning

This pack comes in three parts (Part 1 – Information, Part 2 – Images and Part 3 – Activities). It is designed to aid you in engaging with the history …

#CopShopTuesday #PolicestationDay #AstleyBridge Police Station on Blackburn Road captured in the 1970s. This building se...
19/05/2020

#CopShopTuesday #PolicestationDay #AstleyBridge Police Station on Blackburn Road captured in the 1970s. This building served as the local police station for many years before being replaced by a new building on Crompton Way in the 1980s.

Riding into Monday like an officer on a horse walking between flaming barrels. #MondayMotivaton Wishing everybody a grea...
18/05/2020

Riding into Monday like an officer on a horse walking between flaming barrels. #MondayMotivaton Wishing everybody a great week ahead.

We've got a new image loan box coming your way this week as well as fun activities, so keep your eyes peeled!

[PC Yates of Salford City demonstrating his skills with horse, Marechal at Headquarters - 1960s]

The last theme of @museumweek is #DreamsMW . We'd like to know what your dream Police Museum would look like, as we use ...
17/05/2020

The last theme of @museumweek is #DreamsMW . We'd like to know what your dream Police Museum would look like, as we use lock down to plan for the future. Send us a drawing, a comment, a poem! Anything to let us know what we can do to improve your police museum #MuseumWeek2020

Today is #IDAHOBIT2020 and GMP has proudly raised rainbow flag in support of LGBTQ+ communities and against Homophobia, ...
17/05/2020

Today is #IDAHOBIT2020 and GMP has proudly raised rainbow flag in support of LGBTQ+ communities and against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia #StandTogether

We've been using technology to bring museum objects into your home with our interactive pictures, and virtual loan box, ...
16/05/2020
Image Loan Box

We've been using technology to bring museum objects into your home with our interactive pictures, and virtual loan box, they're brilliant for #homeschooling #reminiscence and #carehomes

https://gmpmuseum.co.uk/collection-item/image-loan-box/

https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1312758916290969603

#TechnologyMW @MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2020

This pack comes in three parts (Part 1 – Information, Part 2 – Images and Part 3 – Activities). It is designed to aid you in engaging with the history …

A range of activities you can print at home, based on our collections. We'll keep adding to this album, so don't forget ...
15/05/2020

A range of activities you can print at home, based on our collections. We'll keep adding to this album, so don't forget to check back!

A range of activities you can print at home, based on our collections. We'll keep adding to this album, so don't forget to check back!

We'd love you to design @gmpolice a police car of the future to tie in with @MuseumWeek theme #ClimateMW . What would it...
15/05/2020

We'd love you to design @gmpolice a police car of the future to tie in with @MuseumWeek theme #ClimateMW .

What would it run on? How would it look? Share your ideas with us! #museumweek

#FridayFeeling #FridayFunDay #FridayFun Sher-Duck has another scavenger hunt for you! You'll need all your powers of de-...
15/05/2020

#FridayFeeling #FridayFunDay #FridayFun Sher-Duck has another scavenger hunt for you!

You'll need all your powers of de-duck-tion to gather these items as quickly as you can! Why not challenge members of your household?

Today's @MuseumWeek theme is #ClimateMW. The museum (though closed) is well positioned for public transport with station...
15/05/2020

Today's @MuseumWeek theme is #ClimateMW. The museum (though closed) is well positioned for public transport with stations @NetworkRailMAN & Victoria, @MCRMetrolink Market St & routes 2&3 of the @OfficialTfGM free bus service all close by!

If public transport is not suitable for your travel needs, there are also two public parking spaces right outside our front door.

#MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2020

#MuseumMomentsMW #MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumWeekOne of our team members, John joined us over eight years ago after retiring ...
14/05/2020

#MuseumMomentsMW #MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumWeek

One of our team members, John joined us over eight years ago after retiring from the Traffic Warden department. He recalls how during the first year at the museum he giving a tour to a group of primary students when the following happened during a quick cuff demonstration...:

I.. tapped the cuffs onto my wrist, immediately locking myself into them.....'I thought 'oh sugar' and seeing the look on my face, knowing that I was not supposed to do that, the teacher's started laughing. I put my arm up my back and went out into the yard to see my friend Tom. I said "Tom, do you have a hand cuff key", Tom said, "Why John, what's behind your back?"...

He quickly ran around and caught hold of my arm saying, "What have you done, John?!" Laughing...he unlocked me, gave me his key, which was a spare, which I still have to this day. He could not wait to get back into the museum to tell everyone what I had done, talk about embarrassment. I was not allowed to forget it for a long time!

Thanks for sharing your memory with us, John 😄

Maura has submitted these pictures as her #MuseumMomentsMW from one of our team trips to #Nottingham to see the wonderfu...
14/05/2020

Maura has submitted these pictures as her #MuseumMomentsMW from one of our team trips to #Nottingham to see the wonderful National Justice Museum.

I'm looking forward to rescheduling our trips for when this is all over!

#MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2020

#ThrowbackThursday A beautiful image from our collections, looking down London Road. In the background is London Road ra...
14/05/2020

#ThrowbackThursday

A beautiful image from our collections, looking down London Road. In the background is London Road railway station, renamed Piccadilly in 1960

14/05/2020
#MuseumMomentsMW

From Lisa - My favourite object is the Oldham photo collection. This eclectic collection contains police duties, street/accident scenes and the annual Oldham Police Ball. Also, and most importantly, Clara Walkden. The first female police officer in the borough. #museummomentsMW #MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2020

A selection of photos from the Oldham collection [silent video]

Today's #MuseumWeek2020 theme is #MuseumMomentsMW We'd love to hear your favourite stories and memories of the museum, a...
14/05/2020

Today's #MuseumWeek2020 theme is #MuseumMomentsMW

We'd love to hear your favourite stories and memories of the museum, and we'll also be posted some of the teams as well! #MuseumWeek #Memories

Another lovely memory of being #TogetherMW with (most of) the team. Taken at our last Christmas lunch by Maura.  #Museum...
13/05/2020

Another lovely memory of being #TogetherMW with (most of) the team. Taken at our last Christmas lunch by Maura. #MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumWeek

Today's #MuseumWeek  theme is #TogetherMW. We wanted to celebrate our amazing team & show that even though we're apart, ...
13/05/2020

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #TogetherMW. We wanted to celebrate our amazing team & show that even though we're apart, we're in this together. Pictured is a recent Zoom meeting, & the start of a not recent outing to Nottingham - n.b. not all our team is pictured.

We're looking forward to seeing you all once it is safe to do so!

#MuseumWeek2020 #volunteers #Team

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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.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30 - 15:30

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0161 856 3287

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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