Thames River Police Museum

Thames River Police Museum
Thames Police Museum, Wapping Police Station, Wapping High Street, Wapping, London
Region or country
England (South East & Isle of Wight)

The Thames River Police Museum is located in what was once the carpenter’s workshop at Wapping Police Station. Situated within the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police’s Marine Police Unit, the Museum offers visitors a unique insight into the history of the World’s first police force.

The Museum will fascinate those interested in the history of policing or simply anyone interested in the history of the River Thames.

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
Exhibits include uniforms and documents, which trace the history of the Thames River Police from its inception in 1798 to the present day. There is also a fine collection of the every day “Hardware” of policing from handcuffs to cutlasses. The website provides online resources around the force's history and key events.
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Web address of any other online resources
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
Because the museum is housed within a working police station, visits must be arranged by prior appointment. Visits are normally conducted by the Honourary Curator, a retired serving officer with many years experience of policing the river.

Enquiries should be addressed as above enclosing a stamped, addressed envelope or by emailing the curator - as above.
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
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