Plans have been released showing how the Lock-up could look if we are successful with our Heritage Lottery Fund application. Put together by heritage consultants Campbell & Co, they show how parts of the building will revert back to original features (such as removing modern partitioning and reinstating iron railings, as well as revealing a window that has been trapped within a partition wall for decades) and how displays will be integrated within some of the cells. Much of the building will be left untouched - as the heritage of the police custody block is an important feature of the new museum, however new staircases and an accessible lift form part of the plans to allow mobility impaired visitors to enjoy the experience.
The new and improved building will allow us to deliver a significant engagement programme with young people, to teach them more about the social impact of crime including educating about knife crime, online safety and road safety, as well as sharing the amazing heritage of policing across the West Midlands from the last two hundred years.
We are dependant on a National Lottery Heritage Fund bid to see the plans become a reality - with the bid due on August 20th and results expected by the end of November. We have also identified that significant work is required on the roof which has led to a shortfall in funding. A crowdfunding link has been set up to try and reduce the shortfall - if you want to support the project by donating to the crowdfunding please click here.