The Police Exhibition of 1946.

‘The exhibition illustrates the need for a police museum, with a central and permanent home, where a wide range of police articles of historical and technical interest could be housed and made available for reference and study, where a register could be kept as a key to the nature and whereabouts of similar exhibits are elsewhere.’

‘These would be a wonderful reference for Training Schools and other police establishments. They would be also useful for local and temporary exhibitions which would then be open to the public as occasions arise.’

Home Secretary Chuter Ede’s Introduction to the brochure of the National Police Exhibition 1946

The Police Exhibition was held at The Corn Exchange in Church Street, Brighton in 1946.

It was held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Chief Constables Association. (Cities and Boroughs of England and Wales.) And the 21st Anniversary of the conference of Chairmen of Watch Committees and arranged by the Association of the Municipal Corporations.

It was held as a joint Conference at Brighton in June 1946, through the kindness of the Brighton Borough Corporation. The exhibition is accommodated in The Corn Exchange in Church Street. The Corn Exchange is part of the Municipal Museum and Fine Art Galleries which also includes the Royal Pavilion.

The formal opening by The Home Secretary at 2.45pm on Tuesday, 4th June 1946 and it will be open to the Public between the hours of 10am and 7pm on weekdays until Saturday the 22nd June.

The main objects of this exhibition are to stimulate wider public interest in the work, and the problems that face them in these modern times. It is also to demonstrate the advances made in recent years in various branches of Police work. These advances have been made in forensic science, and also to revive more interest in the plans (which were interrupted by the Second World War,) for a central Police Museum of exhibits and specimens, as part of a central technical organisation. About which recommendations were made to the Departmental Committee on Detective work and procedure (1933-1938.) in the chapter of their report that dealt with forensic science. In that connection, the following main purposes would be served by such a central organisation.

The present exhibition provides a valuable and instructive record of the history, purposes and the work of the Police in England and Wales. These exhibits have been drawn from every type of police force, large and small and the exhibits show something of the long history of the police in this country and the stages that were traversed in the course of the police forces. It shows the wide variety of police activities and the general interests from the different forces.

Space has made it impossible to display all the exhibits from all the pieces that was offered and finally compiled.

Exhibition of Police Relics in Museum. Old fashioned stocks with man imprisoned in them. Various implements used by police in the past, swords, knives, truncheons, handcuffs, pistols and rifles. Mayor of Brighton and another VIP inspecting Police Relics Exhibition. Includes tailors dummy dressed in police uniform of the John Peel


The Police Exhibition of 1946.


Written by David Rowland, author.

My grateful thanks to Mr. Andrew Bennett for his hard work in finding this information.

He is not only a good friend but a brilliant researcher at the ‘Keep’ at Moulescoombe, Brighton.


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