Objects relating to the murder of Olive Durand-Deacon by John Haigh, the Acid Bath Murderer, 1949 © Museum of London

Plans for permanent crime museum in London

Nicola Sullivan, 13.10.2015
New museum will be delivered in partnership with Museum of London
Plans are underway to set up a new museum to display the Metropolitan Police Service’s collection of artefacts.

The museum will be delivered by the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor's Office for Policing in partnership with the Museum of London, which opened its exhibition The Crime Museum Uncovered last week.

All objects were taken from the the Black Museum, which was created by police officers. Established in 1875, the museum is housed at New Scotland Yard and the items on display have only been seen by police professionals and invited guests.

Sharon Ament, the director of the Museum of London, said: “We are currently advising on the initial plan and in the coming months we will also be sharing what we have learnt from of our experience of the Crime Museum Uncovered.”

Stephen Greenhalgh, the deputy mayor for policing, said: “The new museum will show how London’s police force has since its formation responded to the changing demands of serving one of the biggest cities in the world. It is an opportunity to the tell the stories not only of the criminals, but the police officers who investigated these crimes.”

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, is due to confirm the museum's location in the next few months. Funding will be sought from a number of sources, including corporate and private sponsors.