The Lock-up will not now re-open until after the renovation works take place at Steelhouse Lane Lock-up. It was anticipated to do several months of events to let as many people as possible see the Lock-up in its current format (very similar to when it closed as a custody block) before it undergoes a transformation into the new, permanent West Midlands Police Museum, but this will now not be possible in light of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.
This is still a very exciting time for the museum, having secured the funding required to enable it to preserve the Lock-up for the future and make the West Midlands Police Museum more accessible than ever before.
‘Now we can start planning in earnest the displays, exhibits and interactive features to share with the public when we do re-open, which is likely to be late 2021, if not early 2022, depending on how the building works go. We still want to hear from members of the public who have stories and memorabilia to share, and we will be maintaining and increasing our volunteer family throughout the building works ready for re-opening.’
The Lock up also remain open for genealogy requests and most of the items from the Lock-up shop are available to purchase from the shop page of WMPeelers.
‘Thanks for all your support to get us this far, and we look forward to welcoming you to the new museum in the future.’