New police museum for Birmingham

1409480240560I never managed to get inside the old police museum in Brum, which was housed in the former courthouse, now police station in Sparkhill. Even though it was only a few miles away from where we lived, there was no direct bus service, and parking in the vicinity was terrible. So I always said one day… and never quite made it before we moved away.

However, the good news for fans of all things police, history and Birmingham is that a new museum is planned which I’m assuming will be bigger, and much more easily accessible.

The new venue will be housed in the old Victorian lock-up at the West Midlands force headquarters on Steelhouse Lane (picture above). This is slap bang in the city centre, with ample buses, trains and car parking nearby.

And it sounds as though it’s going to be fascinating, with archives, exhibits, and a planned examination of the real-life criminals behind the BBC’s hit series Peaky Blinders.

There’s no word yet on when the new museum will be open, but I’m adding it to my list of essential places to visit – and will report on here when it does. In the meantime, you can catch up on some of the history behind the TV show in this article from the BBC, who tracked down one of the descendants of the real-life gang. It makes quite eye-opening reading!