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The Essex Police Museum turns 25

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington and Mayor of Chelmsford Councillor Duncan Lumley
The Essex Police Museum celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sunday, October 22.

A celebratory event was held today to mark our museum's 25th anniversary. Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington and Mayor of Chelmsford Councillor Duncan Lumley welcomed guests and informed them about the history of the museum and praised the work of our museum curator, Hannah Wilson, and her team of dedicated volunteers.

During the day there were extra exhibits on display including those from the marine unit, air support, dog handling section and traffic police. A raffle held during the event raised £74 which will go towards the running of the museum. 

The museum was first set up as a charity in 1992 by retired officer Sergeant Fred Feathers. It is run jointly between trustees, Essex Police and is partly funded by donations from the public.

Today there are more than 30,000 objects dating back to 1840, which range from pictures, uniforms and paper documents of records of service.

Inside you’ll find genuine artefacts from prolific cases, including the shoes of murder victim Cammille Cecile Holland who went missing in 1899. A taxidermy model of her dog, Jacko, is also on display and was influential in solving the mystery surrounding her disappearance.

The museum offers a service of family history enquiries and aims to have records of every officer and staff member that has worked in the force since 1840. These include records of when the officer started and what districts they worked in throughout their career.

General opening hours are every Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Wednesdays during school holidays from 10am until 4pm. Groups can book to come to the museum at any time and craft events and kids trails are run regularly.

The museum acquires new pieces through donations, if you would like to donate a piece or would like more information, email: [email protected]

Deputy Chief Constable and head of Essex Police Museum committee, BJ Harrington, said, “It’s so important to have historical pieces on display not only to help our children learn about the history of the force, but also for current officers to understand how much policing has changed since we began in 1840. We hope to inspire the younger generation to join the force when they’re older and giving them an insight into what we do will hopefully encourage this.”

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