Lancashire Police Museum has celebrated its first anniversary this week. The Museum, housed within a former prison wing at Lancaster Castle, has gone from strength to strength since its launch in June last year, having been nominated for a Lancaster Visitor Award, welcomed Royal visitors and entertained over 15,000 members of the public.
To celebrate its first year, a range of additional activities were on offer this week including quizzes, crafts, a visit by the police horses and the opportunity to see what police officers looked like in a bygone era.
All of this is alongside the 16 fascinating exhibits on police training, forensic development and recruitment as well as interactive displays on crime and custody, and the opportunity to see what you’d look like in police uniform and pose for a selfie!
Free to enter, the Museum is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm, staffed by volunteers.
Lancashire Volunteer Partnership joined the celebrations at the event, after a year of supporting the museum. This week is National Volunteers Week, an annual celebration of the contribution people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities.
Commenting on the anniversary, Museum Co-ordinator Sabine Skae said: “It’s been a very successful 12 months for us and a pleasure to welcome so many visitors, not just from Lancashire but from as far afield as China and Brazil.
“We’ve had thousands of people come from a look around, as well as dozens of talks from police experts and visits from school, college and university students.
“It’s been great to share with them our fabulous history but also talk to people about the challenges of present-day policing as well as current career opportunities, of which there are many.”
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden said: "It's fantastic to see how popular the Police Museum has proven since first opening its doors to the public last year to help people discover more about Lancashire Constabulary's rich and proud history.
"The museum is an excellent resource for the county and provides the opportunity to educate people on how policing has changed, to learn more about their local police force and the challenges of policing today.
“With more exhibits to be added over the year ahead and the fascinating history of the building itself I'd encourage anyone to come and visit the museum in beautiful Lancaster."
Anyone wishing to visit the museum can find out more on at [email protected] or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram.