Here’s one that you probably didn’t know existed in our city centre, unless you have been on the wrong side of the law!
Lets step inside this historic and atmospheric Grade II listed lock-up facility that operated for 125 years, only closing in 2016
We’ll also visit the underground tunnel that goes under the road between the Steelhouse Lane lock-up and the Magistrates Court. You can see the tunnel through a glass panel in a door but can’t go in it
Some notorious criminals have travelled this way before us,including the Peaky Blinders!
The Lock Up retains many of its original Victorian features and demonstrates how a small ‘prison’ operated in the centre of a busy city for well over a century.
We will also be able to browse many of the West Midlands Police Museum’s artefacts and pictures from the archives, hear stories of the bravery of past officers and see what prisoners would have been resident there in the late 1800s.
Note that there are lots of steps and no lift so there’s no access for mobility impaired guests – sorry.
Kay Hunter is the local historian who will do the very popular (and recent sell out) capital punishment talk for us. He will talk about the last public hanging in Birmingham and the history of capital punishment – he knows everything there is to know about capital punishment and is an expert on the Twyford case, which led to the last public hanging in Birmingham. His painstaking research led to the correct location of the hanging being commemorated and marked with a plaque by the Birmingham Civic Society.
We can visit The Jekyll and Hyde pub afterwards for a drink or two!