Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives

Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives
57a Newton Street
Northern Quarter, Manchester
Greater Manchester
M1 1ET
England

Website

http://s367873952.websitehome.co.uk/

E-mail

police.museum@gmp.police.uk

Telephone

0161 856 3287

0161 856 4500

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A close up on a red brick building with a blue police sign and blue lampost
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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, lit by gas lamps 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 Police Museum was one of the city’s earliest police stations and has been lovingly restored to reflect the reality of policing in the late 1800s/ 1900s.

See where Manchester’s criminals were charged and fingerprinted. Discover the cells that were often packed with 12 men on a busy night. Why not have a seat on the cell beds with their wooden pillows.

Admire the polished wood panels and stained glass of the genuine 1895 Magistrates Court and experience how inmates would have felt standing in the dock.

The Museum has modern galleries displaying historic uniform and equipment and vehicles from the 1950s onwards. The Crime Room invites you into the world of forgery and forensic science while our new audio-visual gallery allows you to immerse yourself in history with footage from our on-site archives.

If you have an i-phone, download our new museum app!

'One of the city's best kept secrets is this superb museum' Lonely Planet-Great Britain 2009

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Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Heritage site

Opening hours

Every Tuesday and Thursday*
10:30 - 3:30 (last admission at 3pm)

Other weekdays by appointment only for group/educational visits and archive research.

Closed: weekends/public holidays & Christmas
*during the school holidays (we follow Manchester City Council term dates)

Admission charges

Admission is FREE
Advance booking is essential for groups (more than 6 people) due to the age of the building there is restricted access for groups with prams/ push chairs
Archive enquiry fees apply/ specific event charges, refer to event details for info

Getting there

Located off Piccadilly Gardens, ideally located between both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations, few minutes walk from the bus station and metrolink in Piccadilly Gardens and near a number of public car-parks.

Additional info

Disabled access: The museum has access ramps, lift and a unisex toilet for visitors with disabilities. Please note: the lift cannot be used in the event of an emergency, so in such cases evacuation must be via stairs. We would advise that visitors with disabilities contact the museum in advance to confirm we can meet their requirements and to ask about on site parking.

Facilities: Due to the age of the building, there is restricted access for pushchairs and prams. There is an on-site shop and toilets. Parking and refreshments are not available on site however staff will be happy to advise on nearby carparks and eateries.

The collection dates from c.late 19th century onwards and ranges from vehicles, costume and memorbilia to restored cells, a charge office (1879) and magistrates court (1895 from Denton)

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Photography, Personalities, Land Transport, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
PC with two younger visitors in the Transport Gallery

Scout and Guide Badges - how we can help

http://www.gmpmuseum.com

The museum collection can provide inspiration and support for many badges and qualifications within the Scout Association and Girlguiding UK.

Creator

  • Museum Officer

Publisher

  • GMP Museum

How to obtain

Downloadable from the museum website or by contacting the museum directly

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Alien Registers Resource Pack

http://www.gmp.police.uk/museum

This pack is for schools and community groups and will help students understand more about the registers and why they continue to be a valuble resource:
ESOL (including post 16)
Key stages 1 and 2 citizenship unit 5
Key stage 3 citizenship unit 4
Key stage 4 citizenship unit 3

Creator

  • Learning & Outreach Assistant 2010

Publisher

  • GMP Design & Print

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum Officer by email
police.museum@gmp.police.uk.
This pack is £4

Suffragette Protest

GCSE Suffragette Resource Pack

http://www.gmp.police.uk/museum

The pack provides students with primary source material and an interactive game that can be used in conjuction with studying 'the changing roles of women as society altered at the beginning of the 20th century.'

Creator

  • Museum staff

Publisher

  • GMP Design & Print

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum Officer by email police.museum@gmp.police.uk
This pack is £4

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International Students Pack

http://www.gmpmuseum.com

This pack enhances a visit to the Museum and consists of:
Preparation work to be done beforehand
Observational Qs to be completed during the visit
Follow-up work after the visit

Creator

  • Daniel Bosman at Salford College, adapted and updated by Museum staff 2012

Publisher

  • GMP Museum

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum Officer by phone or email regarding a visit for international students to the Museum.
This pack is currently FREE

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Loan Boxes

http://www.gmpmuseum.com

Introduced in 2012 - our loan boxes enable schools and community groups to hire boxes on specific topics. Each box includes handling items, suggested activities and activity templates. Currently available:
People Who Help Us (KS1 +)
Go Green! (KS3 +)
Policing during WWII (KS2 +)

Coming in Spring 2013:
Victorian/ Edwardian Policing (KS2 +)
Crime Awareness (KS3 +)

Creator

  • GMP Museum Learning Team 2011/2012

Publisher

  • Museum Officer

How to obtain

Contact the Museum Officer for more details and to book a loan box. Each loan box costs £7.50 to hire for the maximum of a week.

Getting there

Located off Piccadilly Gardens, ideally located between both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations, few minutes walk from the bus station and metrolink in Piccadilly Gardens and near a number of public car-parks.

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