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There’s plenty happening at the museum for the whole family to explore

two children dressed in police uniform look at a volunteer dressed in Victorian police uniform

Relaxed Museum Opening

Join us for a relaxed opening of the museum. We’ll reduce capacity for the day,  quiet our loud interactive and adjust our lighting levels for a less overwhelming environment We’re open between 10am-4pm with time slots starting at 10am then every half an hour until 2pm. We recommend a visit time of two hours. This …

Date: 2nd April 2023

Time: 10am - 4pm last admission at 2pm

Tickets: Normal admission charges apply

black and white image of the back of a police officer, with prisoner standing in front of a judge. Text to the bottom reads 'An A-Z of Hanging & other Related Miscellany'

Capital Punishment in Birmingham

Join us as we take an in depth look at capital punishment in Birmingham. Kay will cover the last public hanging in Birmingham City Centre and then take a deep dive into the fascinating subject of capital punishment. Kay is a local historian and volunteer at the West Midlands Police Museum, and has a passion …

Date: 29th April 2023

Time: Doors open at 5.30pm, Talk begins at 6pm

Tickets: £10

Carl Chinn underneath the railway arches in Adderley Street where the first gangsters to be called peaky blinders in the press brutally assaulted an innocent man because he’d been drinking a ginger beer in the Rainbow pub, in the background on the right.

The Real Peaky Blinders – Evening Talk

The Real Peaky Blinders An Illustrated Talk with Professor Carl Chinn MBE 5pm doors open, talk starts 5.30pm – 6.30pm Stylish and dark, the BBC series the ‘Peaky Blinders’ recounts the exploits of the charismatic Thomas Shelby and his violent Birmingham criminal gang in the aftermath of the First World War. Named after the real …

Date: 4th May 2023

Time: Doors open at 5.00pm, talk begins at 5.30pm

Tickets: £15

Truly, Jack the Ripper

Join us at the lock up for an atmospheric one-man show adapted from classic stories based around the Ripper theme. Was the Ripper a mad doctor, an escaped lunatic, a deranged barrister – or someone just like you or me? Award-winning actor Jonathan Goodwin performs in a show scripted by himself. Date: 5th May Time: …

Date: 5th May 2023

Time: Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start

Tickets: £15.00 pp, refreshments included

black and white image of a policeman standing in a door way, his torch shining on a dead body

The Murder of Michael O’Sullivan

There’s been a murder! We need your help to conduct the investigation. After hours in the atmospheric setting of the Victorian Lock Up, you will need to look at the evidence, follow the clues and interrogate the suspects in their cells as you attempt to get to the bottom of what happened to poor Michael. …

Date: 12th May 2023

Time: Event begins at 18:30, doors open at 18:15

Tickets: £24.00

Slide titled 'From law breakers to law enforcers, Gay men and the police 1950 - 2010' Features two black and white images of newpaper covers.

Evening Talk ‘From law breakers to law enforcers: gay men and the police 1950-2010’

Evening talk -‘From law breakers to law enforcers: gay men and the police 1950-2010’ Clifford Williams is a retired police officer who researches the history of policing LGBT communities.  His talk is based on lived experience and his research from a number of sources, including memoirs and testimonies of police who worked on Vice Squad …

Date: 27th May 2023

Time: Doors open at 5.30pm, talk begins at 6.30pm

Tickets: £10


1840 saw the publication of the Black Kalendar of Aberdeen, a chronicle of cases which had gone before the courts of the Scottish city over the preceding hundred years. Following in the same format, this collection of true crime cases relates the stories of murders and other dreadful deeds in Coventry between 1820 and 1872. Join local author and historian …

Date: 24th June 2023

Time: Doors open at 6:15pm, talk begins at 6:30pm

Tickets: £10.00