Greater Manchester Police Museum

57A Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ET
57A Newton Street Manchester England M1 1ET GB

Explore a labyrinth of alleyways and slums, interrupted only by huge mills casting shadows below. This eerie underworld, where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages, shows Manchester’s hidden past.

The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was really like for these officers in a busy Victorian police station.

You’ll also see how times have changed and how policing has evolved to meet today’s needs. Located in the historic Northern Quarter of Manchester, the museum was one of the cities earliest police stations. It has been lovingly restored to reflect the reality of policing in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

See where Manchester’s criminals were charged and fingerprinted before being put into the cells, often packed with up to twelve men on a busy night! Why not take a seat on one of the cell beds with their wooden pillows.

Admire the polished wood panels and stained glass in the 1895 Magistrate’s Court and experience how inmates would have felt standing in the dock!

Facilities: Guide dogs welcome, accessible toilets, platform lift, hanging rail for coats, no cafe.

Opening Times: Public open day is Tuesday 10.30 – 15.30. They are open by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. During school holidays they are also open on a Thursday as a public day.

Costs: Free Admission

Photo Credits: © Copyright Greater Manchester Police Museum

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