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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! We accept the Essex Pass and East Anglia Pass with 2 for 1 on all our Kids Club events.

Rainbow Trail

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th September
10am-4pm, last entry 3.30pm
£1 (plus free mini magnifier)
Find an object in the museum which matches a colour on your trail!

Halloween Crafts

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 30th October
10am-3.30pm (museum open until 4pm), last entry 3pm
Make a spooky shadow puppet show!

Make A Rocket (Craft)

2nd November
10am-3.30pm (museum open until 4pm), last entry 3pm
Make a firework rocket, try it out and learn about firework safety!

Remembrance Trail

9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November
10am-4pm, last entry 3.30pm
£1 (plus free mini magnifier)
Find all the poppies around the museum. How many are in each cabinet? Can you write the officers’ names?

Christmas Crafts

7th, 14th December
10am-3.30pm (museum open until 4pm), last entry 3pm
Make a no-sew sock snowman!

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).

We Are Wearing Out The Naughty Step

Friday 4th October
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
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
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 email [email protected]

Talks and events will be listed here when they are confirmed.

The (Supposedly) Haunted Police Stations of Essex

Thursday 17th October
£3, including refreshments

Join us for tales of haunted police stations, disembodied footsteps, ghostly laughter and half-glimpsed apparitions. Handed down from officer to officer, employee to employee, these stories run through the police force from the very earliest days of the Essex Constabulary. Booking is essential – email [email protected] to book.

Other Events

Second-Hand Book and DVD Sale

Round 4: 7th, 8th, 9th November
Thursdays and Friday 10am-2pm, Saturdays 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!

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.
Both tours on the 14th September and the 2pm tour on 21st September are now sold out!

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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