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Crime and Punishment

Daring Detectives & Dastardly Deeds

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Daring Detectives & Dastardly Deeds takes you on a journey through the dark and dangerous streets of 19th century Britain as you follow the history of our police force, from uniformed police to detectives and forensics. Wander through our Victorian police cells and become immersed in the smells, sounds and sights of the 19th century, from talking portraits and projections to have-a-go detective games and dress-up.  

Get to know the people behind the history, from the men that patrolled the streets to those that found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Discover more than 60 objects on display including exhibits relating to the Jack the Ripper case, a genuine death mask, tools of the detective's trade, uniforms and even a hangman’s noose.

  • Be brave and get to know the poisoners, forgers, murderers and thieves of 19th century England.

  • Try your hand at some of the detective and forensic methods used by Sherlock Holmes.

  • Get close and personal with rare original documents from the Jack the Ripper case including the famous Swanson marginalia, in which the detective in charge of the case names the man he believed was the Ripper.

  • Try and solve some of the trickiest detective cases of the 19th century.


This exhibition is suitable for all ages but please note there are references to criminal cases as well as objects relating to crime scenes and criminality.

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