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Police Museum to open at Bradford City Hall
6:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
Former police officers are preparing to open the doors to a new Bradford museum, which will give an insight into policing past and present.
The Police Museum, which will be housed on the site of the old Victorian police station in the city centre, could be open to the public within weeks.
It is part of the move, now approved by councillors, to open up Bradford City Hall to the public. Visitors will be able to view police artefacts, past and present, including old uniforms.
Former police employees, running the Under The Clock Project, are supporting the creation of the museum, with lottery funding, and have been collecting artefacts and archive information for it.
Martin Baines, formerly a police community relations inspector in Bradford, said: “We think this is an exciting project – the story of law and order from the 18th century to the present day. The Council has been very supportive and the gallery is nearly finished. We will soon be able to have booked visits and be open to the public by the end of the year.”
Mr Baines’s daughter Natalie, a trained curator, will operate the museum as a volunteer.
Mr Baines said they were still wanting more artefacts. “If people have anything in their attics that the museum could use, we would love to hear from them. They can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01274) 510245.”
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