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Police Museum reopens on Suffolk Day


Suffolk Day, June 21, 2022, is a county-wide recognition of Suffolk’s great icons, attractions, landscapes, institutions, special events and more.

To commemorate the day, Suffolk Constabulary will reopen its museum to visitors for the first time since March 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

Guests and visitors can find themselves literally walking through the history of policing as they are guided through the tour, showcasing artifacts and photographs documenting important aspects of policing from the 19e Century.

Special points of interest include a popular exhibit showcasing the evolution of police uniforms and equipment issued to police officers, including wooden rattles, whistles and radios.

Children and adults can see important historical police artifacts on the tour, such as the club that was used by John Ducker to assassinate Constable Ebenezer Tye in Halesworth in 1862. Ducker was publicly hanged at Ipswich in 1863 for this heinous crime. , in the presence of some 4,000 people. It was to be the last public hanging in Suffolk.

Each visit will be guided by museum volunteers, who will provide additional information and explanations about the exhibits. Children in attendance, who must be accompanied by an adult, will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with uniforms and equipment as well as talk with police officers about community engagement.

Lucky visitors may even see the police dogs currently working in the Force.

Hourly tours of the museum will take place at Police Headquarters in Martlesham from 5.00pm to 9.00pm (last tour starts at 8.00pm). Time slots must be reserved with a note indicating whether children will be present and clients must let the museum know their preferred time before the visit.

Tours and visits to the museum are free, but donations are appreciated.

Seating for each tour will be limited, so to avoid disappointment early booking is recommended.

To reserve your slot, please contact [email protected].