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We aim to preserve the history of policing in Essex whilst making learning fun. The Essex Police Museum has lots of craft activities and events throughout the year for all ages.
 

Essex Police Museum Kids Club

Collect a sticker for each childrens craft or trail you do and get your 5th one free! You can join at anytime - just collect a booklet from the till!

Christmas Crafts

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December
10am-3.30pm
£2
Make your own reindeer food and paper plate wreath!

CSI Trail

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th January
10am-4pm
£1 (plus free mini magnifier)
Can you identify which objects have been left at the museum? Compare fingerprints, handwriting, eyes and objects to find the right answers!

Fridge Magnet Crafts

2nd, 9th, 16th, 20th, 23rd February
10am-3.30pm (museum open until 4pm)
£2
Make your own fridge magnet for just £2! You can change the design whenever you want, making this a reuseable product. Please note that we only have 63 kits, so the event will run until stocks last.

Chief Constable Trail

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd March
10am-4pm
£1 (plus free mini magnifier)
Can you find all 13 Chief Constables of Essex Police? Can you put them in order?

Mother's Day Crafts

30th March
10am-3.30pm (museum open until 4pm)
£2
Make a heart shaped wreath and a card!

Easter Crafts: Polystyrene Egg Decorating

6th, 27th April
10am-3.30pm (museum open until 4pm)
£2
Decorate your own polystyrene eggs! Perhaps use them for an egg hunt at home?

Easter Crafts: Paper Doily Easter Bunny and Card Making

10th, 13th, 17th, 20th April
10am-3.30pm (museum open until 4pm)
£2
Make a paper doily Easter bunny and some Easter cards for your friends and family!

On Your Bike!

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 29th May
10am-4pm
£1 (plus free mini magnifier)
Find the bicycle and motorcycle photos in the museum to help you correctly match the right helmet with the right bike! You might need your magnifier to see the helmets clearly!

Design A Truncheon

1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th June
10am-3.30pm
£2
The museum has lots of painted truncheons on display - the oldest one is from the 1700s! Have a look at each one and notice the different styles, shapes and colours then design your own!

Blues and 2s

Join us for stories, games, crafts and activities all designed to develop your little one’s skillset. Suitable for children aged 2-4, each session costs £2.50 per child and runs from 10am to 11am on the first Friday of the month. Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on [email protected] to book your space(s).

Elephant Learns To Share

Friday 4th January
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about sharing. Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

Lion's In A Flap

Friday 1st February
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about what to do when you feel worried. Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

The Great Chicken Mystery

Friday 1st March
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll solve the great chicken mystery! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

Monkey Needs To Listen

Friday 5th April
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about listening! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

Giraffe Is Left Out

Friday 3rd May
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about being kind! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

CSI - How To Catch A Criminal

Friday 7th June
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about CSI and try out some techniques! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

Tiger Has A Tantrum

Friday 5th July
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about what to do when you feel angry! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

The Wolf Who Wouldn't Go To School

Friday 2nd August
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about going to school! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

Hippo Owns Up

Friday 6th September
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about telling the truth! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

We Are Wearing Out The Naughty Step

Friday 4th October
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about right and wrong! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

The Wolf Who Wouldn't Wash

Friday 1st November
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll learn about washing! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Friday 6th December
10-11am
£2.50
In this session we'll read the Chritstmas classic!! Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

Museum Lates

Museum lates are a new addition to our events schedule for 2019. They will feature talks on policing or crime topics, after hours visits and tours, costing £3 per person. All museum lates events will include some time to view the museum displays and exhibits. Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected].

We are in the process of planning our 2019 events, which will be posted here and on our Facebook page when confirmed.

Other Events

Meet Santa!

22nd December
10am-4pm, last entry 3.30pm
£3
Come and meet Santa! There's no need to book and the event includes our Christmas Crafts activity and a gift from Santa.

Second-Hand Book and DVD Sale

Round 1: 10th, 11th, 12th January
Round 2: 22nd, 23rd March
Round 3: 11th, 12th, 13th July
Round 4: 7th, 8th, 9th November
10am-4pm
Our popular second-hand DVD and Book Sale returns! Books are 50p each or 3 for £1 and DVDs start from 50p. Stock comes in a range of genres, and is donated by the local community and staff and officers right across the force. If you'd like to donate books, DVDs, CDs or console games, please do drop them by on one of our public opening days - we can accept donations all year round!

Workshop: CSI

15th April, 9th, 30th August
10am-12noon
£4
Aimed at children aged 8-16, this workshop takes you through the principles behind crime scene investigation and introduces you to some of the techniques used. You'll get to dust for, lift and analyse fingerprints, compare footprints, use swabs to take samples of liquids, collect fibres and take a look at handwriting analysis. At the end of the session you'll get to put your new skills into practice by becoming Crime Scene Investigators at our mock-up crime scene! All participants will get a certificate as proof of attendance, and the workshop can be used towards your Museum Passport or Children's University. Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected]. All participants should be supervised by a responsible adult.  

Workshop: Young Curators Summer Exhibition

31st May
10am-2pm
£4
Aimed at children ages 8-16, this workshop will introduce you to museum systems, and guide you through the process of creating an exhibition! Under the supervision of our Curator, you'll work together as a group to choose a theme, take a look through our collection, select the items that tell your theme's story, decide how best to order and display them and write exhibition text panels! Over the following month our Curator will get everything ready and put your display in our museum! The 'Young Curators Summer Exhibition' will be shown throughout the summer holidays so you'll be able to bring all your friends and family! All participants will get a certificate as proof of attendance, and the workshop can be used towards your Museum Passport or Children's University. Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected]. All participants should be supervised by a responsible adult. Children should bring their own packed lunch.  

Young Curators Summer Exhibition

27th, 31st July, 3rd, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 28th, 31st August
10am-4pm (part of museum displays)
Free
Following our Young Curators workshop at the end of May, the exhibition they put together will be on display at the museum throughout the school summer holidays and will temporarily replace the Dog Unit display. More details will follow after the workshop, and the exhibition will be included in the free entry to the museum.

Heritage Open Day: Backstage Tour

14th September 2019 and 21st September 2019
1.5 hour tours at 11am and 2pm
Free, although donations are greatly appreciated.

Starting at our meeting point, our curator will take you on a brief tour of Essex Police Headquarters, explaining how the site has evolved from its original design in 1903. We’ll then move on to the museum store, which houses around 90% of our collection. Our curator will explain how our collection has developed and how we acquire new items. You’ll see specially selected items usually off-limits to the public and learn how we preserve them. You’ll also hear how we use the collection today, from engaging with the local community to helping officers with cold case reviews and a vast array of research! We’ll then make our way to the museum, where you’ll get the chance to have a look around, try on real police uniform and take your fingerprints! There’ll also be an opportunity to ask us questions, either about the tour or more generally about policing in Essex. You’ll also be able to register any research or family history requests with us. If you’d like us to find a Record of Service for family members or ancestors please bring as much information as you can (e.g. name, area, DOB, approximate decade for their start and/or end date). We aim to respond to enquiries within 2 weeks.

Please note some parts of the tour will be outside. Should there be wet weather we will keep this to a minimum with a 2 minute walk to the museum store. This means we will talk about the development of the Headquarters site inside with pictures. Some parts of the tour are not accessible to wheelchair users. Booking is essential - please contact our Curator at [email protected]. Tours are for adults only, and spaces are limited to 12 people per tour. Should we get fully booked we will operate a waiting list.

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