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Lock -Up Steelhouse Lane

Steve R

master brummie
Hello all
I just wanted to highlight the events taking place at the Lock -Up as the year begins to draw to an end. We have just two open days left this year these being the 12th October and the 9th November. For those of you who have followed with interest what we are trying to do with the former Lock - Up you will be interested to know that we are hoping to submit our round 2 submission to the lottery next month and await a decision in March. The volunteers continue to run these open days as we have to raise a lot of money to give the project the best chance of success. Our site is https://www.wmpeelers.com/the-lock-up on this site we advertise our events. They are great for the families with young children, people with an interest in history and those with an interest in architecture. For those that will be remembering the fallen in November, the 9th November event will be themed towards this. WE have our friends from BARRA coming along as are the British Legion. We will also have relics from the battlefields of the Somme and information on all of the 56 Birmingham police officers who joined the armed forces and died in service during World War I and the 62 police officer who died in World War II. The early evening talk on the 9th November will be our talk on policing Birmingham in World War II. Like most of the information we put out and books we write we benefit from having unique access to the museum records. If you choose to purchase a ticket you will be supporting a great cause to keep this historic building alive.

Steve R
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Good luck with the Lottery submission Steve.

Your WW2 events sound interesting. Is there by any chance a list of police officer fatalities we might have access to for any of our interested members ? Or is that a bit cheeky of me ? Viv.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Thanks Pete. So their details are on the link provided by Steve and Pete. Click on the “Roll of Honour” tab and scroll inside the box. Yes terribly sad Pete.

I shall post a thread with Peelers link in our Lest We forget section too. And a link in th Police section for those who died in the line of duty. Very useful to those researching police ancestors/history. Viv.
 

Steve R

master brummie
In total 17 Birmingham officers died during WWII due to enemy air raids. Our book 'Condition Red' released last year commemorates this and also the work done by officers rescuing those involved in air raids. There were three George medal winners, a fairly new medal in WWII awarded for exceptional bravery. Many British Empire medals were also awarded for other acts of bravery. This is the second of three books we have released from the museum. Having access to museum records and the fantastic collection of pictures means our books contain many never before seen picture and contain very interesting and never documented information. Please visit our shop on WMPeelers.com and consider purchasing 'Condition Red' Policing Birmingham in WWII, A fair Cop (100 years of woman police in Birmingham) and 'Out of the Blue' We spend 100's of hours writing these books but personally make no money from them. The profits from A Fair Cop go to charities for domestic violence the proceeds from the other two books go directly to the project as do the other items on sale.

Steve R
 

Steve R

master brummie
Hello all
We have recently updated the Lock-Up site with the events the heritage project will be holding in the new year. In addition to the normal heritage open days we have several very interesting talk coming up. Some reading may be interested to know that we have an extended talk on capital punishment by local historian 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. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/capital-punishment-talk-tour-tickets-78612733803 another talk already generating a lot of interested is a talk on 'Jack the ripper' by Author Adam Wood as he looks at the discovery of the so-called Swanson marginalia and examines the case against the man many believe to be Scotland Yard's prime suspect https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jack...tland-yards-prime-suspect-tickets-81385384877 other events can be seen on WMPeelers.com.

Steve R
 

Steve R

master brummie
Hello all

I just wanted to update you all on some very good news that we on West Midlands Police heritage project have had. For those of you that have followed my previous posts you will be aware of the heritage project and the fact we have wished to develop the former Victorian Lock - Up facility located in Steelhouse lane into the next Police museum. To do this the project team applied to the National Heritage Lottery Funding (NHLF) West Midlands Police have released this article today.

https://west-midlands.police.uk/news/lottery-fund-win-bring-new-police-museum-Birmingham

To follow our plans or visit our shop you can follow us on our website WWW.WMPeelers.com

This will now allow us to preserve an amazing building for future generations and make it accessible to far more people.

Steve R
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Well done to all those involved. So nice to hear some good news too. Thank you to those who worked hard to get the funding agreed. Viv
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
i agree viv...lovely to have some posative news...well done steve and all those involved in this massive project

lyn
 
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