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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!

PC Gutteridge Trail

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th September
£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
Make a spooky mask and decorations!

Draw The Criminal

3rd, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 24th November
£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
Make your own reindeer food and paper plate wreath!

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.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Monday 1st October
10am or 11:30am
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] to book your space(s).

Stranger Danger

Monday 5th November
10am or 11:30am
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] to book your space(s).

CSI - How To Catch A Criminal

Monday 3rd December
10am or 11:30am
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] to book your space(s).


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 (Supposedly) Haunted Police Stations of Essex

Thursday 18th October
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

22nd, 24th November
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!

Heritage Open Day: Backstage Tour

Please note all tours are fully booked and we are now operating a waiting list.

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
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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