It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel our remaining events and take the decision that the Lock-up will not now re-open until after our renovation works take place. We had wanted to do several months of events to let as many people as possible see the Lock-up in its current format (very similar to when it closed as a custody block) before it undergoes a transformation into the new, permanent West Midlands Police Museum, but this will now not be possible in light of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.
This is still a very exciting time for the museum, having secured the funding required to enable us to preserve the Lock-up for the future and make the West Midlands Police Museum more accessible than ever before, now we can start planning in earnest the displays, exhibits and interactive features to share with the public when we do re-open, which is likely to be late 2021, if not early 2022, depending on how the building works go. We still want to hear from members of the public who have stories and memorabilia to share, and we will be maintaining and increasing our volunteer family throughout the building works ready for re-opening.
In the meantime, if you want to remind yourself what the future museum could look like, check out the graphics put together by our museum consultants Campbell and Co:
We also remain open for genealogy requests and most of the items from the Lock-up shop are available to purchase from the shop page of WMPeelers.
Thanks for all your support to get us this far, and we look forward to welcoming you to the new museum in the future.