Crime Museum Uncovered

GuM was appointed to design the Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition at the Museum of London, with Thomas Manss & Co, graphic designers.

For the first time ever, never-before-seen-objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum are on public display at the Museum of London in the major exhibition, The Crime Museum Uncovered, opening on 9th October. Previously only accessible to police professionals and invited guests, the exhibition reveals the secrets of the Crime Museum, created by serving police officers since its establishment in 1875.

The exhibition, which was created with the support of the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), takes visitors on a journey through real cases and how they were investigated. It will bring them close to the objects and evidence from some of the UK’s most notorious crimes, including the Acid Bath Murderer of 1949, the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist of 2000. It will also examine some of the challenges faced in policing the capital, tackling themes from terrorism and espionage to counterfeiting and narcotics.

Aside from police professionals, the Crime Museum’s Visitors’ Book reveals an eclectic list of high-profile guests over the years. King George V (1865-1936), Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930), illusionist, Harry Houdini (1874–1926) and comedy double act, Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892–1957) have all stepped inside the infamous museum, previously housed within the Metropolitan Police’s HQ, New Scotland Yard.

For six months only, visitors to the Museum of London can gain unprecedented access to highlights from the collection, established in the mid-1870s as a teaching tool to educate officers. The Museum of London has been working closely with the independent London Policing Ethics Panel in the planning of this exhibition and has discussed how to ensure the interests of victims are protected with Baroness Newlove, the Victims' Commissioner. The Crime Museum Uncovered is curated at the Museum of London by curators, Julia Hoffbrand and Jackie Keily. It builds upon the museum’s expertise and follows exhibitions, Jack the Ripper (2008), Dickens and London (2011) and Sherlock Holmes (2014), in exploring the darker side of London.

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