Celebrating our pioneer policewomen

Last month we were proud to launch a new women in policing display - showcasing 100 years of women in policing in the West Midlands, and celebrating the pioneer women who joined Birmingham and Walsall Police forces during World War One.

With the help of the Trailblazers project from Big Ideas, we were able to produce a timeline charting developments for women in policing in the West Midlands, celebrate the women who took the first brave steps and demonstrate how different the role is for women in 2018.

We are also grateful to pupils from Tudor Grange Secondary School and Florendine Primary School for sharing their thoughts on the role of policewomen 100 years ago and today.

The final part of the display is two life size cut-outs showing the difference between an early policewomen (Evelyn Miles) and a serving officer with all the kit she could potentially need to carry (thanks to Detective Inspector Annie O'Grady for modelling!).

The display will be on show and available for visitors to take a closer look at on the 8th December open day and all open days until we are successful in reaching our fundraising target, allowing the building to close for building works to take place.

If you are interested in finding out more about the pioneer policewomen and how things developed across the West Midlands during the last century, please visit for a copy of A Fair Cop - celebrating 100 years of policewomen across the West Midlands, with all profit going to local women's charities. Or why not grab some tickets to the January Lock-up Evening Tour which features a talk on the history of women in policing?