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Museum

City of London Police Museum

 

​Location​Access through Guildhall Library Entrance, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH
​Price​Free Admission
​Opening times

Normal opening times

Monday – Friday: 9.30am-5pm
(9.30am-7.30pm on Wednesdays)

Saturdays: 10am-4pm on the following dates:

21 December 2019
2020:
4 and 18 January
1, 15 and 29 February
14 and 28 March
18 April
2, 16 and 30 May
13 and 27 June
11 and 25 July
8 and 22 August
5 and 19 September
3, 17 and 31 October
14 and 28 November
12 December

Sunday: Closed

Note: Last entry 15 minutes before closing time.

Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed

​Contact usTelephone: 020 7332 1100/189

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 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.

Schools programme

A new schools programme has been developed for the museum. If you are interested in booking a workshop please contact colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

If your school is located in Greater London with at least 35% of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and to non-school educational organisations that work with school-age children (special schools do not need to meet the Pupil Premium requirement) you may be eligible for funding to help cover the cost of your visit. Funding is available for visits taking place before the end of March 2020. The fund can be used towards any reasonable costs that are necessary to enable the visit to take place, e.g. admission or session fees, transport or staff cover. http://schoolvisitsfund.org.uk/

Key Stage 4: Policing from 1000 (1.5 hrs)
Tied in to the Edexcel GCSE topic, crime and policing from 1000 to the present, students will handle museum objects and get a guided tour of the museum to explore how policing has changed over the centuries.

Events

Please join us for a wide range of captivating events throughout the year.  

The City of London Police Museum tells the story of 180 of the City of London Police and some of the major events that the police have dealt with. Find out more about the history behind the objects and photographs on display. Visit the museum for a free guided tour at 1pm on the first Friday of every month. 

Book your free guided tour

Policing Victorian Streets
16th January 2.00pm
Catherine Eddowes was arrested for being drunk in the street in Aldgate. She was allegedly a street walker. Find out about other people who walked the streets of the City and how the police dealt with them. Join Peter Clarke to know more.

Book here

Crimes in the Victorian City
20th March 2.00pm
Author and researcher Amanda Harvey Purse will discuss some of the crimes the City of London Police had to deal with before Jack the Ripper took all the Victorian limelight, such as the Cannon Street Murder and the Golden Lane Boiling.
 

Family fun

Details of family events in 2020 will be posted here.

Group Visits and Tours  

Short introductory talks to the museum and its collection can be arranged via the Guildhall Library. To do so, please email: colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Guided tours by a volunteer associated with the City of London Police can be arranged on occasion. To enquire please click on the “Contact Us” link on the upper left hand side of this page.

Museum -  Photo gallery​​​​



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