The Police museum is a little known attraction tucked away on the edge of the North Quarter. Only open on Tuesdays the museum is an unusual and interesting place to wile away a few hours in the company of the highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic curators who have an abundance of hilarious true stories to relay to amuse (and shock!) visitors.
Aptly housed in an Victorian Police station, it is possible to venture into the cells, which, tiny as they are, would have held up to twelve prisoners at a time. To say the cells were merely simple would be an overstatement, with the wooden pillows still present to accentuate their meager state.
The old charge office is accessible and provides details of how prisoners would be booked in, as well as the forensic science opportunities (or lack of!) available at the time. Police uniform and memorabilia are on display, in addition to a selection of historic Police vehicles used. A wealth of information about the history of the Police Service and the evolution of forensic science are also contained in this small museum, with a separate room housing an assortment of weird and wonderful weapons that have been seized over the years.
Presumably for kids but seemingly just as appealing to adults is the dressing up room containing various items of historic Police uniform for those wannabe Inspector’s. Don’t worry, you’ll be in good company if you do decide to partake as the curators also don the uniform!