Tayside Police Museum

Organisation: Museum, Police Force

Collections held: Police, Prisons

Dates: 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

Facebook Page: Tayside Police Museum Kirriemuir

Located on the ground floor of Kirriemuir Police Station in the town’s Reform Street, the Tayside Police Museum is a joint venture between Police Scotland, Angus Council, and the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust.

The Museum charts the history of policing in Dundee City, Perth & Kinross, and Angus, using displays of artefacts, documents, and photographs, covering the period from the early 1800s through to the 1980s.

There are sections on uniform, equipment, communication, offensive weapons, the Police Pipe Band, Special Constables, and so much more. There is also an exhibit referencing the last person to be hanged in Dundee, William Henry Bury, who went to the gallows in 1889 for the murder of his wife, and when confessing to his crime, claimed to be Jack The Ripper.

Reform Street, Kirriemuir DD8 4BS

Contact: Hamish Gray- curator@taysidepolicemuseum.org.uk

Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?


Historic Buildings?

Police cells

Who can access the collection?

Internal only (staff), External (public)

How big is the collection?

Documents: 20,001-50,000
Photographs: 20,001-50,000
Objects: 1001-5000
Artwork: 11- 100
Books/journals/magazines: 501-1000