24th Jun, 2021

Pop-up West Midlands Police Museum officially opened in Coventry

Tristan Harris 10th Jun, 2021 Updated: 10th Jun, 2021

THE POP-UP museum to showcase Coventry’s policing past has officially opened in the city centre this afternoon.

Dignatries and representatives, including the Chief Constable, Police and Crime Commissioner and city councillors gathered for a short ceremony.

Fittingly a police cordon tape was cut to mark the launch.

Click here to see the ceremony on Facebook.

The museum – introduced as part of Coventry’s year as the UK City of Culture – is based in a unit in Hertford Street and opens from 10am to 3pm, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

West Midlands police heritage manager Corinne Brazier said: “Through the displays, visitors will be able to see how policing has evolved through the ages.

“There’ll also be stories of diversity such as the first female, Black and Asian officers in Coventry, tales of heroism from World War II and of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s an exciting time for Coventry and we’re delighted to be able to include some of the city’s policing history as part of the culture on offer throughout the year.”

The 3D replica of the death mask of Mary Ball, the last woman to be hung in Coventry in 1849, will also be on display alongside original exhibits from the murder of Ring-o-Bells pub landlady Amy Davis which happened in 1945.

Councillor George Duggins, leader of Coventry City Council, said: “I’m really pleased that we could find a suitable unit in the city centre so our police colleagues could create what is set to be a great new attraction for local people and visitors.

“I’m sure there will be great interest in the items on display − they tell the story of policing in Coventry but also the story of our city itself.

“I’m very much looking forward to visiting.”

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