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West Midlands Police Museum Opening in April 2022

Our West Midlands Police museum is almost ready to open its doors and we’re giving colleagues the chance to visit before anyone else during an exclusive ‘Friends and Family weekend’.

Come along and review the West Midlands Police Museum and find out about the history of the force and the work of colleagues past and present. 

Lots of planning has gone into transforming the former custody block into a state-of-the-art visitor attraction and we need our police family to help us make it the best that it can be.

We’ll be opening the doors on Saturday 2 April, Sunday 3 April and Monday 4 April to WMP colleagues and their families so we can show you first exactly what’s being going on there.

It’ll open to everyone else the following week, from Saturday 9 April.

Housed at the former custody block at Steelhouse Lane, you and your family and friends are invited to share our 200 years of policing history.

It’s taken two-years to transform the Victorian Lock-up into a museum thanks in part to the National Lottery Heritage fund.

The museum is spread across three floors with many of the original Victorian features preserved including the old cells, metal walkways and the central metal spiral staircase.

There’s lots for you to see and do and if you’ve got children there’s an interactive forensics lab, a Lock-up mouse trail and much more.

We hope you’ll all enjoy the visit, and in return we’re asking you to share your feedback with us.

Good reviews will help build the museum’s profile and in turn encourage others to visit. If you like what we’ve done, we’ll be asking you to share your positive experiences by posting on social media or TripAdvisor. We need you to help spread the word, by using #WMPmusuem where you can.

Similarly, because it’s the first few days of having visitors inside the museum and we know there’s a chance that things might not run exactly how we want them to straight away, we’ll be asking you to let us know if you think there’s anything that needs changing or doing differently. We’ll be encouraging visitors to share their feedback with the museum team by sending them an email after the visit.

Tickets for the ‘friends and family’ weekend are heavily discounted at £6 for adults and £3 for children, and they need to pre-booked. There are several time slots available, with 35 tickets on sale for each session.

Click here to book your tickets.

The history of the Lock-up

The Lock-up opened in 1891 alongside the Victoria Law Courts and was extended in 1933 with the building of Steelhouse Lane Police Station. No other police custody facility of its size and age exists in the UK.

It closed to the public in 2016 when the last prisoner went through its doors and the city’s main custody block moved to Perry Barr.

Since then, the unique Victorian building has been undergoing a massive transformation, thanks in part to a £1million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to transform it into a state-of-the art West Midlands Police Museum – it’ll be one of only of a few of its kind in the country.