Beamish Museum / Durham Constabulary

Beamish Museum / Durham Constabulary
Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000
Region or country
England (North East)

The Beamish Museum houses the collections of the North East Police History Society which records the history of Durham Constabulary. The Society's collection was donated to Beamish Museum in 2003. This collection includes objects such as truncheons and uniform, documents and photographs. The Society also has its own collection of police history related objects which it stores as part of the Heritage Cubes project at Beamish. The North East Police History Society also carries out extensive research on police forces around the region and regularly displays their collections.

Beamish Museum is also constructing a row of police houses: Visitors will be able to see the differences in domestic life between a sergeant and a constable. Learn about National Service and the impact this had on families and find out about the role of the Civil Defence and practice training drills. Visitors will also be able to experience the daily routine of an officer, help to patrol his beat and call in any suspicious activity from the public telephone or the police box, and even respond to crimes around the town. More can be found out about this project at:

What can be found at the venue?
Records or archive, Collection of artifacts, Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
Collections relating to Durham Constabulary including objects such as truncheons and uniform, documents and photographs. Details can be found via the People's Collection at the links below
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Web address of online collections catalogue
Web address of any other online resources
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
3rd January to 18th February 2022 (inclusive): Open weekends only (Saturdays and Sundays), 10am-4pm (closed Monday to Friday)
February Half Term, 19th to 27th February 2022 (inclusive): Open daily, 10am-4pm; 28th February to 8th April 2022 (inclusive): Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays); Timeslots are currently available to book up to 13th February 2022. All visitors must pre-book a timeslot. Research or research services: No information provided.
Available services or facilities
Cafe, Shop, Visitor parking, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
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