Police museum takes a leap closer to reality
Designs for how a new police museum in Birmingham could look have been revealed.
A West Midlands Police team leading a project to turn the Victorian Lock-Up in Steelhouse Lane into a police museum have taken a huge leap forward with plans now drawn up to show how it will look.
Development funding of has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund* to help West Midlands Police progress their plans to apply for a full national lottery grant at a later date.
Thanks to National Lottery players, the funding has allowed Heritage Interpretation Consultants Campbell and Co. to design how the building will operate as a museum of policing for the public.
The displays will tell stories of prisoners and staff, including the real ‘peaky blinders’ who were incarcerated in the building and how the original ‘Lock-Up matrons’ from 1895 formed some of the very first ‘women in policing.’
It’s not all history however, there will also be space for the latest police messages and the museum team will use engagement opportunities to discuss current themes.
The plan forms a crucial part of the second round of the National Lottery Heritage Fund bid, which if successful, will then help make the plans a reality. The bid will be submitted in August with results due in November.
The full range of designs can be viewed on the website – www.wmpeelers.com
Inspector Steve Rice, who works on the WMP Heritage Project, said: “The designs show how the Lock-Up will be transformed into a story-telling space that keeps the unique qualities of the Victorian building. It’s exciting to see how the museum might work and the designers have set aside plenty of space for us to host school parties, groups and maybe even a themed wedding!”
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “The museum at Steelhouse Lane will help West Midlands Police reach out to communities and show how the force has developed and changed over the years. These are exciting plans and I look forward to seeing them progress.
“A self-sustaining police museum will be a really worthwhile addition to the whole region, which is why I am supporting the project’s fundraising drive.”
Surveys have identified that significant work is required on the roof, which wasn’t factored into the original funding bid, leaving a funding shortfall of at least £150,000 which could threaten the success of the project. To counteract this the project team have set up a ‘go fund me’ page for anyone looking to donate https://www.gofundme.com/educate-through-engagement
To follow the progress of the bid follow @WMPHistory on Twitter or ‘The Lock Up’ on Facebook