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 Manc

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 Manc

Operating as usual

Celebrating #InternationalWorkingAnimalDay!
15/06/2021

Celebrating #InternationalWorkingAnimalDay!

Celebrating #InternationalWorkingAnimalDay!

It's a transport themed #activitymonday. Look at all the police vehicles in the picture and use them as inspiration to d...
14/06/2021

It's a transport themed #activitymonday. Look at all the police vehicles in the picture and use them as inspiration to design your own futuristic transport! #GMPMuseum #kidsactivities

It's a transport themed #activitymonday. Look at all the police vehicles in the picture and use them as inspiration to design your own futuristic transport! #GMPMuseum #kidsactivities

#WordsForTheFutureMW Why not see if you can design the police car of the future. You can either use our template or crea...
13/06/2021

#WordsForTheFutureMW

Why not see if you can design the police car of the future. You can either use our template or create your own!

#WordsForTheFutureMW, #ForTheFutureMW, #MemoryOfTheFutureMW, #TheWorldAfterMW, #ForFutureGenerationsMW, #MessageInABottleMW

#WordsForTheFutureMW

Why not see if you can design the police car of the future. You can either use our template or create your own!

#WordsForTheFutureMW, #ForTheFutureMW, #MemoryOfTheFutureMW, #TheWorldAfterMW, #ForFutureGenerationsMW, #MessageInABottleMW

#WordsForTheFutureMWWhat words would you say to the police of the future? What would you want them to know? #WordsForThe...
13/06/2021

#WordsForTheFutureMW

What words would you say to the police of the future? What would you want them to know?

#WordsForTheFutureMW, #ForTheFutureMW, #MemoryOfTheFutureMW, #TheWorldAfterMW, #ForFutureGenerationsMW, #MessageInABottleMW

#WordsForTheFutureMW

What words would you say to the police of the future? What would you want them to know?

#WordsForTheFutureMW, #ForTheFutureMW, #MemoryOfTheFutureMW, #TheWorldAfterMW, #ForFutureGenerationsMW, #MessageInABottleMW

#ArtIsEverywhereMW Why not share with us some of your best art is everywhere photographs? #gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #i...
12/06/2021

#ArtIsEverywhereMW Why not share with us some of your best art is everywhere photographs?

#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#ArtIsEverywhereMW Why not share with us some of your best art is everywhere photographs?

#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#ArtIsEverywhereMW we should really be disapproving of this one but it did make us chuckle!#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #...
12/06/2021

#ArtIsEverywhereMW we should really be disapproving of this one but it did make us chuckle!

#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether #googlyeyes

#ArtIsEverywhereMW we should really be disapproving of this one but it did make us chuckle!

#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether #googlyeyes

#ArtIsEverywhereMW Why not have a go at designing our stained glass windows for yourself?#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iL...
12/06/2021

#ArtIsEverywhereMW Why not have a go at designing our stained glass windows for yourself?

#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#ArtIsEverywhereMW especially in our courtroom! Our favourite part has to be the stained glass windows#gestalt #beauty #...
12/06/2021

#ArtIsEverywhereMW especially in our courtroom! Our favourite part has to be the stained glass windows

#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#ArtIsEverywhereMW especially in our courtroom! Our favourite part has to be the stained glass windows

#gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW #imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether
11/06/2021

#CaptionThisMW

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW #imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether
11/06/2021

#CaptionThisMW

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW #imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether
11/06/2021

#CaptionThisMW

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW we have collected together some of our favourite photos together & throughout the day we are going to be ...
11/06/2021

#CaptionThisMW we have collected together some of our favourite photos together & throughout the day we are going to be challenging you to send us your best caption!

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

#CaptionThisMW we have collected together some of our favourite photos together & throughout the day we are going to be challenging you to send us your best caption!

#imagination #title #name #captions #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumsTogether

10/06/2021

#EurekaMW We think that Robert Peel had a Eureka moment when he formed the police in 1829. They were originally just for London but no Eureka moment is perfect.

(However we do feel cheated seen as Robert Peel was born in Bury!)

#solution #discovery #invention #success #MuseumWeek
#MuseumWeek2021

#ChildrensEyesMW What is your little one's favourite thing in the museum? We'd love to know!#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek ...
09/06/2021

#ChildrensEyesMW What is your little one's favourite thing in the museum? We'd love to know!

#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether #childhood #questions #surprise

#ChildrensEyesMW What is your little one's favourite thing in the museum? We'd love to know!

#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether #childhood #questions #surprise

#ChildrensEyesMW - Calling all #teachers does your class have any questions about #Police or crime & punishment? Why not...
09/06/2021

#ChildrensEyesMW - Calling all #teachers does your class have any questions about #Police or crime & punishment? Why not send them to us as we are planning a Q&A session soon.

Email your questions to [email protected]
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether
#learning #childhood #questions #surprise

#ChildrensEyesMW - Calling all #teachers does your class have any questions about #Police or crime & punishment? Why not send them to us as we are planning a Q&A session soon.

Email your questions to [email protected]
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether
#learning #childhood #questions #surprise

In another #BehindtheScenesMW update we are busy getting a lots of building work done at the museum. Our courtroom looks...
08/06/2021

In another #BehindtheScenesMW update we are busy getting a lots of building work done at the museum. Our courtroom looks completely different at the moment (don’t worry it will all be back to normal soon!)

#BehindtheScenes
#MuseumWeek2021
#MuseumWeek #secret #decor #confidential #preparation #behindthescenes

In another #BehindtheScenesMW update we are busy getting a lots of building work done at the museum. Our courtroom looks completely different at the moment (don’t worry it will all be back to normal soon!)

#BehindtheScenes
#MuseumWeek2021
#MuseumWeek #secret #decor #confidential #preparation #behindthescenes

As part of #BehindtheScenesMW we want to ask you which one of the following would you like to discover more about?!.Vict...
08/06/2021

As part of #BehindtheScenesMW we want to ask you which one of the following would you like to discover more about?!

.Victorian criminals & thieves.
.Watch committee papers.
.The Scuttlers, Manchester’s Victorian youth gangs.
.Police review & the Police Illustrated News.

For Once upon time day we thought we would share with the story of the first Policewoman in the Manchester area. [CC ava...
07/06/2021
Once Upon a time MW

For Once upon time day we thought we would share with the story of the first Policewoman in the Manchester area.
[CC available]

https://youtu.be/1j_qUAAC8qc

#OnceUponAtimeMW
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether #MuseumsTogether
#Clara100

The tale of Clara Walkden

Why not share with us in the comments the first few lines of your favourite book for 'Once upon a time day' (It does not...
07/06/2021

Why not share with us in the comments the first few lines of your favourite book for 'Once upon a time day' (It does not have to be a police themed one!)

#OnceUponAtimeMW
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether #Museums

Why not share with us in the comments the first few lines of your favourite book for 'Once upon a time day' (It does not have to be a police themed one!)

#OnceUponAtimeMW
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether #Museums

Once upon time day can only mean one thing it’s time to enjoy stories together as a family. Why not have a look at our D...
07/06/2021

Once upon time day can only mean one thing it’s time to enjoy stories together as a family. Why not have a look at our Dinky Detectives activity packs?

gmpmuseum.co.uk/learning/resou…

#OnceUponAtimeMW
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether #Museums

Once upon time day can only mean one thing it’s time to enjoy stories together as a family. Why not have a look at our Dinky Detectives activity packs?

gmpmuseum.co.uk/learning/resou…

#OnceUponAtimeMW
#MuseumWeek2021 #MuseumWeek #MuseumsTogether #Museums

07/06/2021
National Volunteer Week

Thank you again to our wonderful volunteer team. We have 25 fantastic team members at the museum, they're not all pictured here but each and everyone does an amazing job helping the museum either on open days or behind the scenes.

We couldn't do it without you!

[this video has no voiceover but there is a gentle guitar track in the background]

#FelonyFridayJohnny Grapes, the swell mobsman. Born in London 1828 and living in America as a notorious thief, who broke...
04/06/2021

#FelonyFriday

Johnny Grapes, the swell mobsman. Born in London 1828 and living in America as a notorious thief, who broke out of jail in Richmond, Virginia.
He migrates back to England with other swell-mobsman and their ladies during the winter as 'cold & changeable American winters does not suit...an English goniff' (disreputable person.

I think this might be my favourite so far.

#FelonyFriday

Johnny Grapes, the swell mobsman. Born in London 1828 and living in America as a notorious thief, who broke out of jail in Richmond, Virginia.
He migrates back to England with other swell-mobsman and their ladies during the winter as 'cold & changeable American winters does not suit...an English goniff' (disreputable person.

I think this might be my favourite so far.

We're posting our final Women in Policing activity. Hopefully, you've enjoyed doing them. What activities would you like...
04/06/2021

We're posting our final Women in Policing activity. Hopefully, you've enjoyed doing them. What activities would you like to see us post in the future? #gmpmuseum #kidsactivities

Are you up to the challenge of finishing our Women in Policing Word Search? #gmpmuseum #kidsactivities
02/06/2021

Are you up to the challenge of finishing our Women in Policing Word Search? #gmpmuseum #kidsactivities

Are you up to the challenge of finishing our Women in Policing Word Search? #gmpmuseum #kidsactivities

An ode to our volunteers for #NationalVolunteerWeekThank you to our team,we know it's been a while.We miss your laughs &...
01/06/2021

An ode to our volunteers for #NationalVolunteerWeek

Thank you to our team,
we know it's been a while.
We miss your laughs & stories,
& all your winning smiles.

Thank you for keeping in touch,
for tweets, transcriptions and meetings.
We know its not the same,
as public facing greetings.

The museum feels very quiet,
there's no one in each room.
So for now, we'll be content
to see you all on Zoom.

An ode to our volunteers for #NationalVolunteerWeek

Thank you to our team,
we know it's been a while.
We miss your laughs & stories,
& all your winning smiles.

Thank you for keeping in touch,
for tweets, transcriptions and meetings.
We know its not the same,
as public facing greetings.

The museum feels very quiet,
there's no one in each room.
So for now, we'll be content
to see you all on Zoom.

For this half-term, we'll be posting some Women in Policing themed activities. What designs will you come up with for to...
31/05/2021

For this half-term, we'll be posting some Women in Policing themed activities. What designs will you come up with for today's colouring sheet? #gmpmuseum #activitymonday

For this half-term, we'll be posting some Women in Policing themed activities. What designs will you come up with for today's colouring sheet? #gmpmuseum #activitymonday

#FelonyFridayThomas Lomax aka James Irvine had no home in 1895 and was working as a farm labourer. He was found guilty o...
28/05/2021

#FelonyFriday

Thomas Lomax aka James Irvine had no home in 1895 and was working as a farm labourer. He was found guilty of stealing a hammer & sentenced to either pay 5/ or spend 7 days in prison.

Did he need it to work, or did he take it from his last employer?

#FelonyFriday

Thomas Lomax aka James Irvine had no home in 1895 and was working as a farm labourer. He was found guilty of stealing a hammer & sentenced to either pay 5/ or spend 7 days in prison.

Did he need it to work, or did he take it from his last employer?

It's #nationalscavengerhuntday and #activitymonday so of course, we had to post this challenge. #gmpmuseum #policemuseum
24/05/2021

It's #nationalscavengerhuntday and #activitymonday so of course, we had to post this challenge. #gmpmuseum #policemuseum

It's #nationalscavengerhuntday and #activitymonday so of course, we had to post this challenge. #gmpmuseum #policemuseum

#FelonyFridayElizabeth Clarke aka Gertrude Coleman from Montgomeryshire was found guilty of stealing brooches and penden...
21/05/2021

#FelonyFriday

Elizabeth Clarke aka Gertrude Coleman from Montgomeryshire was found guilty of stealing brooches and pendents throughout 1896 and sentenced to hard labour.

Did she like the finer things in life, or was she selling the goods to get by?

#FelonyFriday

Elizabeth Clarke aka Gertrude Coleman from Montgomeryshire was found guilty of stealing brooches and pendents throughout 1896 and sentenced to hard labour.

Did she like the finer things in life, or was she selling the goods to get by?

#FelonyFridayDo you remember Bridget from last week? Her accomplice Jane Ellen Nicholson also had a taste for silk handk...
14/05/2021

#FelonyFriday

Do you remember Bridget from last week? Her accomplice Jane Ellen Nicholson also had a taste for silk handkerchiefs and was found guilty alongside her.

Note the similar shawls & brooches, & that their occupation is the same, perhaps they worked together?

#FelonyFriday

Do you remember Bridget from last week? Her accomplice Jane Ellen Nicholson also had a taste for silk handkerchiefs and was found guilty alongside her.

Note the similar shawls & brooches, & that their occupation is the same, perhaps they worked together?

Today we celebrate 100 years since Clara Walkden was given the power of arrest. Clara worked for #Oldham Constabulary & ...
09/05/2021

Today we celebrate 100 years since Clara Walkden was given the power of arrest. Clara worked for #Oldham Constabulary & was the first attested woman in the #Manchester area.

Clara grew up in Doffcocker near Bolton with her family; father Edwin, mother Clara, and siblings Frederick, Robert, Gilbert & Gladys.

We know that Frederick was a Police Officer in Bolton in 1911, so perhaps Clara was inspired to join after hearing tales from his beat?

#Clara100 @GMPAWP @BAWPUK

Today we celebrate 100 years since Clara Walkden was given the power of arrest. Clara worked for #Oldham Constabulary & was the first attested woman in the #Manchester area.

Clara grew up in Doffcocker near Bolton with her family; father Edwin, mother Clara, and siblings Frederick, Robert, Gilbert & Gladys.

We know that Frederick was a Police Officer in Bolton in 1911, so perhaps Clara was inspired to join after hearing tales from his beat?

#Clara100 @GMPAWP @BAWPUK

#FelonyFridayBridget McCue, a factory operative from #Rochdale was found guilty multiple times of stealing silk handkerc...
07/05/2021

#FelonyFriday

Bridget McCue, a factory operative from #Rochdale was found guilty multiple times of stealing silk handkerchiefs during 1896.
If you look closely you can see her different #tattoos recorded under 'marks'.

#FelonyFriday

Bridget McCue, a factory operative from #Rochdale was found guilty multiple times of stealing silk handkerchiefs during 1896.
If you look closely you can see her different #tattoos recorded under 'marks'.

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Good evening, do you hold records of Soecial Constables from around 1939 in Bolton area please
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Can you throw any light on this, which I posted on Re-Membering Belle Vue page yesterday? Thank you. HISTORIANS and ARCHIVISTS: A strange request has come in via a member whose friend Richard Felix is a historian living in Derby. Richard runs Derby Gaol and is looking for the scull of Anthony Lingard who murdered the Toll Keeper at Wardlow Myers in Derbyshire in 1815. Anthony was hanged in front of Derby Gaol and then Gibbeted at Peter's Stone near Wardlow until 1826. His skull was taken to Belle View and displayed in what must have been the Victorian theme park that became Belle View Zoo. Really keen to know the whereabouts of this skull. Is it in any of our known archives? Here's an article about him I came across: ExecutedToday.com » 1815: Anthony Lingard, the last gibbeted in Derbyshire
Would you have a picture of a giant Alsatian dog that was based in moss side in the early sixties, I was about 11/12 when we saw it with a sergeant on Broadfield road. I seem to remember seeing something about it being the biggest Alsatian in the U.K. cheers Ken Fisher
Katie, photos as discussed. Stuart
Is it reopened yet?
Pc James Hood 122CDevision 1954 to 1980 Passed away peacefully 18 August 2020
Are you back open on Tuesdays now? Thanks x
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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