Capital Punishment talk & Lock-up Evening Tour
This lock-up evening tour includes a one hour talk by local historian and capital punishment expert Kay Hunter. Kay has spent years researching capital punishment and has been particularly interested in the story of Robert Twyford, a watchman shot in Birmingham. The individual convicted of shooting Robert was the last person to be publicly hung in Birmingham back in 1806.
After the talk there will be a chance to browse freely round the facilty, see our museum display and have a closer look at some of the pictures of the Victorian prisoners once resident there. You can also visit our shop and help support our fundraising.
We are also pleased to have for sale several new books about policing, crime and punishment in Birmingham throughout the 1800s and 1900s. Profit from these books all goes towards converting the Lock-up into the new Police Museum.
The Steelhouse Lane Lock-up was in use from 1891 to 2016 and many of the original Victorian features are still present, alongside more modern custody facilities. The Grade II listed building shows how a mini Pr*son operated in a busy city centre for well over a century.
All proceeds from this day will be supporting our fundraising to turn this iconic building into a permanent police museum (with the exception of A Fair Cop - with the money going to Coventry Haven, Black Country Women's Aid and Anawim).
Health and safety:
This tour is for adults only - no under 16s please.
Please note due to the nature and age of the facility there is currently no access for mobility impaired guests due to the large amounts of steps and lack of a disability access lift.
You are advised to wear suitable and comfortable footwear (e.g. no stiletto heels) as there are three floors to view and some of the landings have small holes which could trap heels. For this reason short skirts are not advised due to the grilled floors and winding staircases.
Please note that photographs will be taken during these events which could be used as publicity material for the museum in the future and may therefore be published on social media.
For security reasons a bag search will be required prior to entry.
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