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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!

Make Your Own Warrant Card

2nd, 23rd, 30th June
10am-3.30pm
£2
Learn how to idenitify police officers and make your own replica warrant card and holder!

Fathers Day Crafts

16th June
10am-3.30pm
£2

Make your own fathers day card, badge and fingerprint art!

Circle Trail

7th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 28th July
10am-4pm
£1, including free mini magnifying glass
Can you answer all 10 questions and find all the circle-shaped objects?

Make Your Own Police Station - Part 1

1st, 4th, 8th, 11th August
10am-3.30pm
£2
Build your own police station, helicopter and police bike from card! Can you make up a story using what you've made?
N.B. You do not have to attend part 2 after part 1

Make Your Own Police Station - Part 2

15th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 29th August
10am-3.30pm
£2
Build your own police car, police dog, police horse and 1960s police box from card! Can you make up a story using what you've made?
N.B. You do not have to attend part 1 to do part 2

PC Gutteridge Trail

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th September
10am-4pm
£1, including free mini magnifying glass
Can you solve the murder of PC Gutteridge - a real crime from 1927?

Halloween Crafts

6th, 13th, 20th, 24th and 27th October
10am-3.30pm
£2
Make a spooky mask and decorations!

Draw The Criminal

3rd, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 24th November
10am-4pm
£1, including free mini magnifying glass
Can you find the clues and use our photofit pieces to find the criminal?

Christmas Crafts

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

Summer Workshops

The Essex Police Museum will be running 1.5-hour workshops each Thursday in the summer holidays, costing just £4 each! Aimed at ages 8+, every workshop is educational and children can attend as many or as few as they like! Everyone gets a certificate at the end of each session — perfect for that start of term show and tell!  Booking is essential—email [email protected] to book your space(s)!

CSI: How To Catch A Criminal

Thursday 26th July
10am-11:30am
£4
Learn how the Police investigate crime scenes and try out some techniques! Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s)!

Photofits

Thursday 2nd August
10am-11:30am
£4
Learn how we create a picture of the suspect from witness’ descriptions and make your own paper and digital ones. Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s)!

Photography

Thursday 9th August
10am-11:30am
£4
What makes a good photograph and how do you take one? Hear from ex Scenes of Crime Officer Chris Farndell, experiment with different techniques and create your own portfolio! Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s)!

On Trial: Presenting Evidence

Thursday 16th August
10am-11:30am
£4
You are a Victorian police officer and a crime has just taken place! Create your case and present it in our witness box. Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s)!

Crime and Punishment Through The Ages

Thursday 23rd August
10am-11:30am
£4
How has crime and punishment changed over time? We’ll examine old ideas about criminals and compare these to modern day! Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s)!

Become A Curator!

Thursday 30th August
10am-11:30am
£4
Learn the skills you will need to become a curator! We’ll mark a replica museum item and use real museum documents! What's more, you'll be able to take everything home with you! Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s)!


Blues and 2s

Join us for stories, games, crafts and activities all following a police, detective or mystery theme. Suitable for children aged 2-4, each 45 minute session costs £2.50 per child (under 2s are free) and run at 10am and 11:30am.

Police Vehicles

Monday 11th June
10am or 11:30am
£2.50
During this session we will learn about the different types of police vehicles! Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s)!

Call The Police!

Monday 2nd July
10am or 11:30am
£2.50
During this session we will learn how to call the Police and have a look inside the control room! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on [email protected]lice.uk to book your space(s).

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Honey

Monday 6th August
10am or 11:30am
£2.50
During this session we will read The Mysterious Case of the Missing Honey and try to crack the case! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on [email protected]lice.uk to book your space(s).

The Burglar's Breakfast

Monday 3rd September
10am or 11:30am
£2.50
During this session we will read The Burglar's Breakfast and search the museum for the missing food! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on [email protected]lice.uk to book your space(s).

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Monday 1st October
10am or 11:30am
£2.50
During this session we will read We're Going On A Bear Hunt and act out the story! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on [email protected]lice.uk to book your space(s).

Stranger Danger

Monday 5th November
10am or 11:30am
£2.50
During this session we will learn about strangers and safe places to ask for help! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on [email protected]lice.uk to book your space(s).

CSI - How To Catch A Criminal

Monday 3rd December
10am or 11:30am
£2.50
During this session we will look at real CSI equipment and solve the crime in the museum! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on [email protected]lice.uk to book your space(s).
 

Talks

Join us at the museum to hear stories about Essex policing! Talks cost £3 per person and booking is essential - please email [email protected] to book your space(s). Refreshments are provided and there will be an opportunity to view the museum exhibits.

The Murder of PC Gutteridge

Thursday 7th June
7:30pm-9pm
£3
PC Gutteridge was murdered on duty on 27th September 1927. It was a landmark case for British policing, as the suspects' trial used ballistics as conclusive evidence for the first time in British history. Museum trustee Martyn Lockwood guides us through this interesting story. Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to reserve your space(s).

Transportation

Thursday 5th July
7:30pm-9pm
£3
In May 1787 a fleet of 11 ships set sail for Australia from Portsmouth. On board were 800 convicts and a similar number of sailors, gaolers, priests, doctors and administrators. Doug Newlyn explores the use of transportation as punishment and tells the stories of the convicts and their crimes. Booking is essential - please email [email protected] to reserve your space(s). 

The (Supposedly) Haunted Police Stations of Essex

Thursday 18th October
7:30pm-9pm
£3
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 - please email [email protected] to reserve your space(s). 
 

Other Events

Second-Hand DVD and Book Sale

19th, 20th, 21st July
10am-4pm
Free entry
Our popular second-hand DVD and Book Sale returns! Our stock includes books, DVDs, CDs and console/computer games covering all ages and genres. Prices range from 50p to £2 - perfect for that summer holiday bargain!

Heritage Open Day: Backstage Tour

8th, 15th September
Tours at 11am and 2pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours
Free entry
Booking essential - please email [email protected]

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.

Christmas Craft Fair

Friday 23rd November
10am-4pm
Free entry
We're looking for stall holders for our upcoming Christmas craft fair. If you make items which would be brilliant for a Christmas gift, and would like a stall, please email [email protected] for more details. There is no booking fee - we only ask for a donation equivalent to 10% of your takings on the day.

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