Behind the blog:
The West Midlands Police Museum at Coventry was opened in 1959 and celebrates the history of Coventry City Police - which existed between 1839 & 1969, before becoming part of Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary and in 1974, West Midlands Police.
The site at Sparkhill has been operating since 1995 when it moved there from the force's training facility at Tally Ho! where it been operating as a CID training facility since the mid 1970s. Several of the exhibits had originated from the old Forensic Science Service laboratory when it moved from Newton Street to Gooch Street.
The Sparkhill museum contains items of policing memorabilia and old records from the West Midlands Police predecessor forces of Birmingham City Police, Walsall Borough Police, Dudley Borough Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and West Midlands Constabulary. Some records are also held of Staffordshire County Police and Worcestershire officers as parts of those forces now fall within the West Midlands Police area.
The site at Sparkhill is shut at present whilst preparations are made to relocate. You can follow this blog and @WMPHistory on Twitter for updates on the plans for relocation and confirmation of when the new site will open.
It is still possible to visit the Coventry museum and searches of the records at the Sparkhill site can be carried out following an e-mail request in to the museum.
We are currently fundraising to secure the Steelhouse Lane Lock-up as the West Midlands Police Museum's new home, Corinne Brazier and Steve Rice are working fulltime to do everything possible to make this a reality. Watch this space for updates!
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