The Crime Museum Uncovered
9 Oct 2015 – 10 Apr 2016
Objects from the Metropolitan Police’s archive go on display for the first time.
Counterfeit coins and the implements used to make them; Jack the Ripper’s Wanted poster; the talcum-powder tin used to conceal microfilm by a Russian spy ring, and the champagne that was recovered from the Great Train Robbery Gang’s hideout all have a place in The Crime Museum, which was founded in 1875 as a teaching tool to educate officers.
This archive of curios reflects 150 years of criminal activity, conviction, even capital punishment. Some cases impacted on the way subsequent misdemeanours were approached by police, others mark broader cultural and technological changes that run parallel with how criminals have sought to override the system: a laptop from the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack in 2007 is a poignant reminder that police artefacts are more than footnotes in crime narratives past.