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Archive photo of a police officer talking to two children
The museum tells the story of the history of the police in Essex from the Victorians to modern day.
 
Things you can see include the shoes of Camille Holland, murdered for her money in 1898, and the death mask of Frederick Browne, who killed PC Gutteridge in 1927.

Your visit

We are open Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
 
In school holidays, we are also open Wednesdays 10am to 4pm.
 
Essex Police Museum
PO Box 2
Headquarters
Springfield
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 6DA
 

 
Sat Nav users please use postcode CM2 6DN ‘Kingston Crescent’.

Group visits

We can arrange special group visits of 10 or more on weekdays (including evenings), but we need at least six weeks' notice. Please email us to request a group visit. There'll be a small fee per person.

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Donate an item or volunteer

Email us if you wish to:

  • donate an object or a photograph relevant to Essex Police history
  • work as a volunteer at the museum (you must be 18 or over)

In your email, put 'donation' or 'volunteering' in the subject field and include the following in your message:

  • name
  • phone number
  • what you would like to donate (object or stated amount of money)
  • preferred method of contact

If you prefer you can write to us at:

Essex Police Museum
PO Box 2
Headquarters
Springfield
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 6DA

Donate money

Use our PayPal page to make a donation, or donate at the museum.

Donate in your will

If Essex Police has been important to you, or those close to you, a gift in your will could be the best way to remember and support us.

More about donating in your will

 
Our aim is to preserve the history of Essex Police and expand public knowledge and awareness of the history of our police force by collecting, preserving, and displaying material relevant to the history of Essex Police.
 
The museum was set up as a charity in 1992 to provide a home for the historical items belonging to Essex Police. We now have over 25,000 items in the collection consisting of objects, photos and paper documents. To continue this service we need to fundraise £40,000 a year and to achieve this target we rely heavily on voluntary donations.
 

How leaving a gift in your will could help us

If Essex Police has been important to you, or those close to you, a gift in your will could be the best way to remember and support us. Your gift will ensure we continue to introduce youngsters from the age of two onwards, to the
police. We run an education programme for all school children in Essex. With your support we can also continue educating vulnerable adults or providing reminiscence sessions in care homes.
 
Your support means that the history of Essex Police will be preserved and treasured for future generations.
 
The information below is intended to help you when you visit your solicitor to make or update your will. There are two main ways of leaving a legacy to the Essex Police Museum.

Residuary legacy

A residuary legacy is the gift of the remainder of your estate, or a percentage of the remainder, after all other gifts to family and friends have been distributed and all debts and expenses have been paid.
 
Our suggested wording is 'Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give free of tax the whole of my estate or x percent of my residuary estate not otherwise disposed of by this my will to the Essex Police Museum and declare that the receipt of the authorised officer of the Museum shall be a full and sufficient discharge.'

Pecuniary legacy

A pecuniary legacy is the gift of a specific sum of money. Our suggested wording is: 'I give free of tax to the Essex Police Museum the sum of £… and declare that the receipt of the authorised officer of the Museum shall be a full and sufficient discharge.'

Contact Us

Your will is a private and confidential matter. If, however, you would like to talk about your plan, we are happy to help. You may want to know more about supporting specific areas of our work or discuss specific wording. If you are planning to make a substantial gift you may also want to talk about opportunities to recognise your kind donation. Whatever your query, please do not hesitate to contact us in confidence.
 
Telephone: 01245 457150

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