Winchcombe Folk & Police Museum
Summary:Two diverse collections, one revealing Winchcombe's fascinating past through photographs, artefacts and memorabilia, and the second giving a unique insight into the history of the pollce, both national and international.
Housed in Winchcombe's Victorian Town Hall, this museum contains two diverse collections, one revealing the town's fascinating past, through photographs, artefacts and memorabilia, while the second gives a unique insight into the history of the police, both national and international.
The Folk Museum was first opened in 1928 in St Peter’s Church porch room, illustrating the heritage and lives of ordinary Winchcombe folk.
The current displays feature a large 19th Century collection includes the North Street toll board, town posters, and school, personal, domestic and agricultural items used by local people. The displays conclude with items from the 20th Century and the two world wars.
The police collection is a small part of the Simms Collection founded in 1953 by Ross Simms, which opened in 1983 in the Old Court Room of the Town Hall.
Among the items on display are British and International police uniforms, caps, helmets, badges, truncheons, handcuffs and other equipment. The museum also has uniforms from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, USA, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the former USSR.
Winchcombe Folk & Police Museum is run entirely by a team of volunteers. Children are welcome and there are free activity sheets, along with a small shop.
Old Town Hall, High Street, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5LJ