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Daring Detectives & Dastardly Deeds
19 March 2021
We are excited to announce a brand new exhibition for 2021.
Daring Detectives & Dastardly Deeds will take 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 be 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.
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.
Please note: Daring Detectives & Dastardly Deeds will be available when the museum reopens. Keep an eye out on the website and our social media for more information.
A rollercoaster year
18 March 2021
It's a year ago today that we closed our doors to the public, just before the first national lockdown. We didn't dream then we would still be closed a year later! Since last March we've been able to open to visitors for just eight weeks during the autumn but it feels much, much longer since we were enjoying the bustle of a busy museum. What a 12 months it's been for all of us.
When we closed last March we, like everyone else, had no idea what the future had in store or even if NESM would survive. That we made it through those first six months is down in no small part to the help and generosity of friends, supporters and the local community.
The last few months have been more positive for #TeamNESM thanks to a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund and other financial support that we've been able to secure. This means that, where the first half of our closure was all about survival, in recent months we've been able to devote much of our energy to making improvements around the museum, preparing new exhibitions and looking forward to when we can reopen.
We have so many exciting changes to show you, that we can't wait to welcome you back. The current guidance is that museums will be able to open from May but we know that could change, so we'll announce our reopening date in due course. We'll keep you updated through our social media and website; you won't miss a thing! We'll also be able to start sharing with you over the next few weeks all the things we've been working on and the improvements waiting for you at NESM. We're definitely coming back #BiggerAndBetterThanEver.
Thank you for sticking with us.
20 February 2021
As announced today, we're delighted to be one of the 44 organisations benefitting from a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund, administered by the Architectural Heritage Fund and funded by the government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
We're receiving £15,313 to support us in business planning and revival, income diversification and community engagement. Thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Architectural Heritage Fund for their support and for helping us make sure we can still be #HereForCulture.
We have lift off!
13 February 2021
While we've been closed we've been making lots of improvements around our building but this is a REALLY exciting one - we finally have a lift!
This means that when we reopen the upper floors of the museum will be accessible to wheelchair users and those with wider mobility issues for the very first time. We’re also widening doorways and adding ramps (where possible) as well as improving lighting, heating and our toilet facilities, with an all new accessible toilet being installed.
Our building has always been one of our biggest hurdles when it comes to improving accessibility. As a Grade II listed, 120 year old ex-police, fire and ambulance station is certainly not the ideal space for a modern museum. But we're committed to improving the museum experience for all our visitors and this is a really important and exciting development.
Thank you to Wessex Fire and Rescue Service for funding this much-needed improvement at the museum.