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Birmingham Heritage: The Lock-up
Browse freely around the facility, look in the cells and find out more about some of the Victorian prisoners who stayed there.
The Steelhouse Lane Lock-up was in use from 1891 to 2016 and many of the original Victorian features are still present, alongside more modern custody facilities. The Grade II listed building shows how a mini prison operated in a busy city centre for well over a century.
Visitors will have a one and a half hour timeslot when you can browse freely around the facility, look in the cells and find out more about some of the Victorian prisoners who stayed there. Some of the items and old uniforms from our police museum will be on display and there are lots of police themed goodies in our shop. In addition, there is a quiz & treasure trail for any children that may attend in addition to fingerprinting and uniform to try on. We also have some brand new books for sale which are not available in shops – including Condition Red: Policing Birmingham during WW2 and Birmingham: The Sinister Side. We will have a new theme for visitors to see as we will have a display in relation to the police strike of 1919 when 120 officers from Birmingham City police officer were dismissed for their participation.