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

Christmas Carols

Join us for a Christmas carol concert featuring Vivat Choir at the Lock-up. With a fantastic mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs there is something for everyone to sing along to Ticket includes refreshments Date: Saturday 17th December Time: Doors open at 5pm, concert starts at 5.30pm Tickets: £10 including refreshments

Date: 17th December 2022

Time: Doors open at 5pm, concert starts at 5.30pm 

Tickets: £10

red book cover with Birmingham in caps along the middle

Evening Talk – Birmingham Murders with Vanessa Morgan

Join us for this evening talk and hear about true-life historical murders that shocked not only the city of Birmingham but frequently made headline news throughout the country Talk starts at 6pm – 7pm   Vanessa is a freelance researcher in family and local history. She is also a writer and has had four books …

Date: 21st January 2023

Time: Talk begins at 6pm

Tickets: £10

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

The Murder of Philip Witton

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 Philip. …

Date: 28th January 2023

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

Tickets: £24.00

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 up 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: 19th February 2023

Sepia photograph featuring 5 mugshots of 1886 male prisoners

Evening Talk – Rogues, Villains & Peaky Blinders

Rogues, Villains & Peaky Blinders – Criminals of the Lock-up Explore the museum after hours and joins us for an evening talk as we take a dive into some of our fantastic historical records and discover some of the criminals held at the lock up in its 125 year history. Hear tales of cunning rogues, …

Date: 25th February 2023

Time: talk begins at 6pm

Tickets: £10

black and white image of two Birmingham City Police Women in the 1950s

Women in Policing – Evening Tour

Explore the lock up and our fantastic collection with a guided tour to discover the history of Women in Policing in the West Midlands. Discover the roles undertaken by the pioneering women from the first lock up matrons to the first fire arms officers. See female officers uniform and equipment from across the years Tours …

Date: 10th March 2023

Time: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Tickets: £10

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

The Murder of Elizabeth Edgar

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 Elizabeth. …

Date: 18th March 2023

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

Tickets: £24.00

two birmingham city female police offices stand next to a police phone post circa 1950s

Evening Talk – Women in Policing

Experience an illustrated history of Women in Policing, we cover the first pioneering police women, some of their roles and achievements in the force,  the equipment and uniforms they wore from the skirt to the culottes and even the controversial hand bag and female truncheon. Doors open at 5.30pm, talk begins at 6.30pm £10 per …

Date: 25th March 2023

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

Tickets: £10

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