3. Essex Police Museum events

We aim to preserve the history of policing in Essex whilst making learning fun. The Essex Police Museum usually has lots of craft activities and events throughout the year for all ages. Unfortunately these are cancelled at the moment due to COVID-19.

We are pleased to say we are reopening the museum to visitors.

It's taken a lot of hard work and things are going to be a little different but we're confident that we can offer you a first-class visitor experience with our Museum Explorer Tours!
Join our Curator for a personal family tour of the Essex Police Museum, where you'll learn about policing from the victorian times through to modern day! To become a certified museum explorer the whole family need to work together to discover the secrets of our special objects and solve the crime in our 1970s crime scene. Adult-only groups are also welcome!
  • Free, although donations are gratefully received
  • Pre-booked tickets only
  • Visitors must bring their own face covering.
  • Please read the guidance in the event description before booking

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Essex Police Museum Kids Club (cancelled)

Collect a sticker for each childrens craft or trail you do and get your 5th one free! You can join at anytime - just collect a booklet from the till! We accept the Essex Pass and East Anglia Pass with 2 for 1 on all our Kids Club events.

Object Trail - £1 (cancelled)

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th January
Can you solve the clues and find the museum objects?

Peg Doll Police Officers - £2 (cancelled)

1st, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 29th February
Make a peg doll police officer!

Valentines Crafts - £2 (cancelled)

8th February
Make a heart shaped wreath and as many cards as you like!

Hat Trail - £1 (cancelled)

7th, 14th, 28th March
Find out why we’ve had so many hats through the years and spot the differences!

Mothers Day Crafts - £2 (cancelled)

21st March
Decorate a wooden star-shaped keyring and make a card!

Clothes Peg Puppets - £2 (cancelled)

4th, 8th, 11th April
Make a set of puppets from clothes pegs!

Egg Heads - £2 (cancelled)

15th, 18th, 25th April
Make your own cops and robbers from polystyrene eggs!

Museum Quiz - £1 (cancelled)

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 27th, 30th May
Find out exciting facts about Essex Police and it’s history!
Twisty People (£2)
6th, 13th, 27th June
Colour in the police cartoons and twist them to make the different body combinations.

Fathers Day Crafts - £2 (cancelled)

20th June
Decorate your own wooden photo frame and make a card!

Become A Victorian Detective - £1 (cancelled)

4th, 11th, 18th July
In 1899 there was a murder in Essex. Can you find the murderer using the same information police had at the time?

Fingerprint Art -£2 (cancelled)

25th, 29th July
Get creative by making as many pictures with your fingerprints as you can!

Paper Chain Handcuffs - £2 (cancelled)

1st, 5th August
Discover how and why handcuffs have evolved over the years by making your own examples.

Traffic Lights - £2 (cancelled)

8th, 12th August
Make your own set of twisty traffic lights and learn about road safety!

Become A Police Officer! - £2 (cancelled)

15th, 19th August
Make your very own police officer mask and badge!

Magnificent Magnifiers - £2 (cancelled)

22nd, 26th, 29th August
Make your very own working magnifying glass!

Crime of the Past Trail - £1 (cancelled)

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th September
Can you match the names and definitions of old crimes? Can you guess which of the old punishments are true and which are false?

Phantom Photofits - £2 (cancelled)

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 28th, 31st October
Make your own phantoms using a spookier version of the 1970s identikit.

Rations Trail - £1 (cancelled)

7th, 14th, 21st November
Learn all about rationing during WW2 and see if you can spot the foods to fill your basket.

Christmas Crafts - £2 (cancelled)

5th, 12th December
Make a 2021 policeman calendar!

Other Events

Second-Hand Book and DVD Sale (cancelled)

Round 1: 6th (10am-2pm), 7th (10am-4pm) March
Round 2: 3rd (10am-2pm), 4th (10am-4pm) July
Round 3: 20th (10am-2pm), 21st (10am-4pm) November

Our popular second-hand DVD and Book Sale returns! Books are 50p each or 3 for £1 and DVDs start from 50p. Stock comes in a range of genres, and is donated by the local community and staff and officers right across the force. If you'd like to donate books, DVDs, CDs or console games, please do drop them by on one of our public opening days - we can accept donations all year round!

Donations needed—books and DVDs of all genres and ages! Items can be dropped off at the museum on any Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

CSI Workshop - Ages 8-16 (cancelled)

7th, 21st August
You'll get to dust for, lift and analyse fingerprints, compare footprints, use swabs to take samples of liquids, collect fibres and take a look at handwriting analysis. You'll get to put your new skills into practice by becoming Crime Scene Investigators at our mock-up crime scene! Booking is essential!

Heritage Open Day: Backstage Tour (cancelled)

11th, 18th September
1.5 hour tours at 11am and 2pm
Free, although donations are greatly appreciated.

Starting at our meeting point, our curator will take you on a brief tour of Essex Police Headquarters, explaining how the site has evolved from its original design in 1903. We’ll then move on to the museum store, which houses around 90% of our collection. Our curator will explain how our collection has developed and how we acquire new items. You’ll see specially selected items usually off-limits to the public and learn how we preserve them. You’ll also hear how we use the collection today, from engaging with the local community to helping officers with cold case reviews and a vast array of research! We’ll then make our way to the museum, where you’ll get the chance to have a look around, try on real police uniform and take your fingerprints! There’ll also be an opportunity to ask us questions, either about the tour or more generally about policing in Essex. You’ll also be able to register any research or family history requests with us. If you’d like us to find a Record of Service for family members or ancestors please bring as much information as you can (e.g. name, area, DOB, approximate decade for their start and/or end date). We aim to respond to enquiries within 2 weeks.

Please note some parts of the tour will be outside. Should there be wet weather we will keep this to a minimum with a 2 minute walk to the museum store. This means we will talk about the development of the Headquarters site inside with pictures. Some parts of the tour are not accessible to wheelchair users. Booking is essential! Tours are for adults only, and spaces are limited to 12 people per tour.

Air Raid Experience (cancelled)

7th November
Free entry
11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm

Our replica Victorian cell will be turned into a replica air raid shelter, complete with sound and scent! Air raids will run at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. Adult supervision is required.

Christmas Craft Fair (cancelled)

27th November
Free entry

Our popular Christmas Craft Fair returns! Join us anytime between 10am and 2pm and get some beautifully handmade gifts.
Stall Holders needed - Booking for stall holders is essential (opens January 2020). Stalls cost £10, which is non-refundable.

Meet Santa (cancelled)

19th December

Meet Santa in our grotto, receive a gift & do a craft! Santa’s elf will keep your place in the queue for you so there’s no waiting in long queues. Visitors are welcome to browse the museum or do the craft activity while waiting. Kids Club free activities cannot be redeemed on this event.