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November 11, 2019

This Remembrance Day, here at the Lock-up we want to reflect on those police officers that gave their lives during the War.  This article focuses on Douglas Blackford, born 3rd March 1917 in Hamilton.

We are told by Douglas’ daughter Jaqueline Archer, that he was the yo...

October 22, 2019

Starting at 11pm on 21st July 1919, a violent riot broke out at Bilston Police Station where windows were smashed and attempts were made to set fire to the police station.

It had started after Constable Turner reprimanded two soldiers on leave for ‘extravagant behaviour...

October 2, 2019

We are pleased to be releasing tickets for a talk by renowned Birmingham historian Professor Carl Chinn on the Peaky Blinders: the Real Story. The talk will be on Tuesday 12th November, 7pm at the Lock-up and afterwards visitors will be able to browse the Lock-up facil...

September 30, 2019

We were very proud last week to be present at the unveiling of a Police Memorial Trust plaque marking an area near to the spot where PC George Snipe of Birmingham City Police fell after being attacked by a mob in the 1890s.

PC Snipe was killed on 19 July 1897 after bein...

September 25, 2019

Tickets are on sale for the last two Lock-up open days of 2019 - October 12th and November 9th. October 12th will see the usual museum display, uniform to try on, quiz and fingerprinting for children. There are lots of items available in our shop for guests to find a s...

August 12, 2019

Tickets have been released for the September open day which is on Saturday 7th September between 10am and 4pm - tickets are available here:


That evening from 5-7pm we are hosting local historia...

July 24, 2019

100 years ago tensions were rising across police forces throughout England and Wales. The Metropolitan Police had gone on strike in 1918 and been promised a significant pay increase and a number of improvements in allowances and working conditions. The National Union o...

July 18, 2019

Summer is finally here but there is no rest for the Lock-up! Activities are planned throughout the summer with a police strike themed open day and evening talk on Saturday 3rd August and a summer holiday open day on Wednesday 21st August as well as numerous private gro...

July 10, 2019

At the beginning of August 1919, 120 Birmingham policemen went on strike - joined by officers from London and Liverpool as part of the National Union of Police and Prison Officers, otherwise known as NUPPO.

This followed the very successful strike of 1918 whereby 1,000s...

June 19, 2019

Our next public open day is on Saturday 6th July from 10:00am until 4:00pm - tickets can be purchased from here:


We also have a talk on Policing Birmingham During World War 2 - taking you through th...

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