Old Police Cells Museum

Old Police Cells Museum
Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Road, Brighton
01273 901 272
Region or country:
England (South East & Isle of Wight)

The Old Police Cells Museum preserves 13 original cells in the basement of Brighton Town Hall and also has a collection (c.1830-) of uniforms, memorabilia, evidence materials, communication and police equipment. The police station was condemned as unfit for use in 1929 but continued in use up 1967, just before the amalgamation of five separate forces; East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, into Sussex Constabulary in 1968. The force was rebranded as Sussex Police in 1974.

What can be found at the venue?:
Collection of artifacts, Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual:
Collection of artefacts relating to Sussex Police; including the model of the Grand Hotel in Brighton which was badly damaged by a bomb planted by the IRA (Irish Republican Army).
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?:
Web address of online collections catalogue:
Details of opening for public access and / or research services:
Mondays 10.00-13.00; Saturdays 10.00-13.00; also by appointment.
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements:
No information on accessibility given. The museum has a booking system for booking a timed slot to visit the museum. The museum also takes part in Track and Trace. Book at: https://www.oldpolicecellsmuseum.com/planning-your-visit
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives:
Extensive archives for Sussex Police can be found at The Keep which covers East Sussex, Brighton and Hove at: https://www.thekeep.info/about_us/. Main collections are under SPA prefix. Also West Sussex Record Office at: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/leisure-recreation-and-community/history-and-heritage/west-sussex-record-office/
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