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West Midlands Police Museum Open Day - July

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The Lock-up

Steelhouse Lane

Birmingham

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Come and see the police and court custody facility that operated for 125 years, only closing last year. The historic Grade II listed lock-up facility retains many of its original Victorian features combined with more modern custody facilities, demonstrating how a small 'prison' operated in the centre of a busy city for well over a century.

Brought to you in conjunction with Birmingham's Hidden Spaces, this is the 2nd of three exclusive events offering a unique insight into the operating of the lock-up and policing in Birmingham since the inception of the Birmingham City Police back in 1839. With a chance to browse many of the museum's artefacts and fascinating pictures from the archives, hear some of the stories of heroism and bravery of past officers and see what prisoners would have been resident in the lock-up in the late 1800s.

During your timeslot you will have the chance to browse freely round the facility, go into some of the cells, interact with the museum exhibits and continue the discovery at home by buying one of our books telling the story of policing in Birmingham. This year marks the centenary of female police officers in the West Midlands and to celebrate we have a special women in policing display and will be selling copies of our book A Fair Cop (all profits for this book go to local women's charities).

Please note due to the nature and age of the facility there is currently no access for mobility impaired guests due to the large amounts of steps and lack of a disability access lift.

You are advised to wear suitable and comfortable footwear (e.g. no stiletto heels) as there are three floors to view and some of the landings have small holes which could trap heels.

Please note that photographs will be taken during these events which could be used as publicity material for the museum in the future and may therefore be published on social media.


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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Guests uder 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests under 12 are free but please ensure you obtain one of the free 'Under 12' tickets as we need to control numbers

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The venue is a short walk from Snow Hill and New Street train stations and close to many bus routes. There is no parking at the event but a number of pay car parks operate nearby.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please e-mail Museum@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes - every person entering will need a ticket to gain entry

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes - if you are unable to attend you may give your ticket(s) to someone else

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The Lock-up

Steelhouse Lane

Birmingham

United Kingdom

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