New events sheduled

Britain's first black policeman - by Ray Greenhow

Lots of events have been scheduled for the coming months, including an open day on the 18th May (click here for tickets) and a talk by retired Cumbria officer Ray Greenhow on the life of John Kent - who was identified a few years ago as Britain's first black police officer, serving with Cumberland from 1835 to 1846. This talk accompanies Ray's fascinating book Britain's First Black Police Officer: The Life of John Kent which gives a interesting insight into the challenges he faced in a day when diversity regulations and equality were unheard of - click here for tickets for this talk.

We have recently released tickets for the June open day which will be on Saturday 1st June - click here for tickets. The evening talk on June 1st will be delivered by author Anthony Poulton-Smith as he launches his new book Crime on the Canals. This book tells stories of the darker side of the canal network including crimes from around Birmingham and further afield - click here for tickets for this talk.

We are really pleased to welcome back playwrights Bold Text with their production Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-up which brings together tales from real life characters from the Lock-up's 125 years of operation in a fascinating set of short plays over two different weekends in July. Feedback from last year's performance was excellent and many guests found it very entertaining and moving - click here for tickets.