Cheshire Police – Museum of Policing in Cheshire. Arpley Street, Warrington

Cheshire Police – Museum of Policing in Cheshire. Arpley Street, Warrington


My name is Peter Wroe, I was a police officer for 26 years. When Cheshire Constabulary expanded and they needed a new Head Quarters in Winsford The old Head Quarters at Chester and our force training centre at Crewe were closing down. At the training centre at Crewe, was probably around 30% of these archives. There was no home for them, so they said to me will you take them to Warrington amd store them. From storage its come on, and we’ve now got them out on display so that people can come round, enjoy them and know what the history of the police force is. I’m Chris Upham, I’m a retired detective officer who worked at Warrington and I’m a trustee of the Police Museum at Warrington. When we took over the redundant female cell block of Warrington for the museum, one of the problems we had was access, because the only access was through the male cell block which is still used during weekdays for producing criminals to the Magistrate’s court which is situated above the police station. We came up with a plan of knocking a hole in the wall inside the police station going into the cell block. When we had the plan costed we realised it was going to cost about £40 000 pounds. Quite clearly the Constabulary and the county couldn’t justify spending such sums of money so it was necessary to go out and obtain grant funding from somewhere. We were very fortunate that we applied to the two big waste disposal companies in Warrington. Biffaward and Wren and through the landfill communities fund we managed to be given just short of forty thousand pounds, which enabled us to create the new entrance which you can see behind me which is a replica police box or TARDIS, and visitors to the museum will now enter throught the TARDIS and come out the other side in a Victorian Street. It also enabled us to make the museum user friendly, particuarly for disabled people. We’ve had the floor levelled, we’ve had ramps put in, we’ve had a disabled toilet put in there. We now believe that we’ve got the facility which is second to none. We look forward to being able to take people around our museum. If anybody wants to come and have a look around, they can either phone, there’s an answer phone on there all the time or they can email us. All the visits have to be pre-booked as it is a live police station and we want to know who’s coming in, and I can arrange volunteers as well to make sure that the people get looked after while they’re here.

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