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

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After Hours Tour

Join us on a guided tour of the West Midlands Police Museum and discover what it was really like to spend time on both sides of the bars in our one-of-a-kind police museum, located in the heart of Birmingham. Our experienced guides will help you to explore our Victorian lock-up that was built in 1891 …

Date: 29th September 2022

Time: Please book a time slot. Tickets include refreshments

Tickets: £15

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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: 1st October 2022

Time: Doors open at 5pm for you to explore the museum. Talk begins at 6.30pm

Tickets: £15 refreshments included

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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: 2nd October 2022

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Birmingham Comedy Festival Presents: Laurel and Hardy: Law and Order

Friday 14 October 2022

Birmingham Comedy Festival presents:

Laurel and Hardy: Law and Order

Three black and white classics from the greatest comedy double-act of all time, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – all on a law and order theme.  Lured into crime in Night Owls, The Boys become policemen in The Midnight Patrol before ending up behind bars for The Hoose-Gow.

West Midlands Police Museum, The Lock-up, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6BJ

Tel: 0121 609 1700


Tickets: £10

Date: 14th October 2022

Time: Showing begins at 19:00

Tickets: £10.00

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Crimes Of Passion

Immerse yourself in the cells and atmosphere of the West Midlands Police Museum and encounter true  stories of queer crime and imprisonment. Performed by members of Acting Out and directed by Scott le Crass, this promenade theatre experience will provide a new perspective on the lives of LGBT detainees. Date: Wednesday 9 November Price: £10 …

Date: 9th November 2022

Time: Doors open at 7.45pm, performance starts at 8pm

Tickets: 10

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The Murder of Walter Fellows

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 Walter …

Date: 18th November 2022

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

Tickets: £24.00

black and white photograph of Winston Churchill inspecting police officers during WW2

Evening Talk – Remembering Fallen Officers

Explore the museum after hours and join us as we explore some of the stories of brave police officers who lost their lives during war time. Date: 19th November Time: Doors open at 5pm for you to explore the museum. Talk begins at 6.30pm Tickets: £15 per person, refreshments included

Date: 19th November 2022

Time: Doors open at 5pm, talk begins at 6:30pm

Tickets: £15 includes refreshments

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 5.30pm doors open, talk starts 6.30pm – 7.30pm 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 peaky …

Date: 1st December 2022

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

Tickets: £15

The Hangman Diaries

Join us at the lock up for an evening of ghoulish gossip with Don’t Go Into The Cellar! In the atmospheric setting of the lock up, you will spend time with public executioners James Berry and John Ellis,  listening to their experiences of hanging many notorious individuals, including Dr Crippen, John “Babbacombe” Lee, Jack the Ripper …

Date: 2nd December 2022

Time: Showing begins at 19:00

Tickets: 15.00