Building or heritage site

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
Address: Guildhall Road, Northampton
NN1 1DP
Region or country:
England (East Midlands)

The building that Northampton Museum and Art Gallery occupies was initially constructed in 1846 as a red brick L-shaped Victorian addition to the County Gaol. The Victorian gaol block comprised of rows of cells divided by iron bars along the walls. The cells were separated by a central corridor with galleried walkways connected by spiral stairs. On the first floor at the north of the building there were larger rooms that may have served as storerooms and gaolers’ rooms. At the north end of the basement floor were the condemned cells, where inmates were held prior to being hung. Hangings first took place at the gaol in 1819 on Angel Lane behind the Georgian Block. They moved there from Northampton Racecourse due to concerns about the size of the crowds gathering to view the hangings. The hanging area was known as the ‘New Drop’ and twenty people were hanged here over a period of almost 40 years. In 1852 the last public hanging at Northampton took place when Elizabeth Pinkard was executed for murdering her mother-in-law. In 1879 Gaol Commissioners deemed the site unfit in accordance with health and hygiene standards of the day and in 1880, the gaol closed.

 

What can be found at the venue?:
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual:
Other than the prison building, the museum holds a few objects relating to crime and punishment in the Social History Department such as truncheons, handcuffs and a cup and plate from the Gaol Chapel.
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?:
No
Details of opening for public access and / or research services:
The museum offers tours of the gaol building given by their history curator. The site is open by appointment only, Tuesdays to Fridays 10.00 to 15.00. Northampton Museum may be able to offer a research service – please enquire.
Available services or facilities:
Cafe, Shop, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements:
There are arrangements for disabled access.
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives:
Northamptonshire Records Office holds the records and plans from the gaol.
Entry ID No::
013
Old Police Cells Museum
Address: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Road, Brighton
BN1 1EE
Phone:
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?:
Yes
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/
Date information added or updated::
30/11/2021
Entry ID No::
007
Address: Wapping High Street, London
E1W 2NE
Region or country:
England (London)

The Thames Police Museum has existed in its present form since 1974 and is run under the auspices of the Thames Police Association. It is a small but very popular collection that records the history of policing on the River Thames from 1798 to the present

What can be found at the venue?:
Collection of artifacts, Historic building or site
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?:
No
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.
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements:
No Information
Date information added or updated::
01/12/2021
Entry ID No::
012