The Essex Police Museum is located at the Essex Police Headquarters, in Gainsborough Crescent, just off Sandford Road.
The museum itself will be of most interest to primary school aged children but they also host sessions specific to toddlers and preschoolers. It isn’t a large museum and probably only needs about an hour to visit.
What You’ll Find at the Essex Police Museum
The museum’s aim is to share the history of the Essex police force, from the Victorian times to present day. They have uniform and equipment, like handcuffs and batons, spanning the period so that you can see how things have changed over the years. You can find out about past cases that the force has dealt with through the archives and see how evidence used to be collected.
Great effort has been made to make the museum interactive and there is uniform you can try on, magnifying glasses you can use and the opportunity to take your finger prints.
The highlight for most children is the Victorian police cell, complete with toilet and inmate.
Information on Visiting
The museum runs regular police themed craft sessions including things like making peg doll police men and making fingerprint art. They also run an excellent crime scene investigations session for 8-16 year olds which is totally interactive and really interesting.
The police museum is normally open on Saturdays plus Wednesdays in the school holidays. They also take group bookings and school visits outside of these times Due to coronavirus they are only open for booked visits.
There is a toilet for customers and free parking is available on Saturdays. On other days you may be able to park in the local streets but there are some restrictions. There is no cafe on site by the retail park a ten minute walk away has two Costas or you could take a picnic to Lionmede Park which is a five minute walk away.
The postcode for the car park which is open on Saturday’s is CM2 6DN. You can find more information on the police website.