Shows left to right; Mrs. Hilary Draper MBE, Paul Bickley, Curator, Nigel Morris, Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Robert Critchley, Chairman and Mrs. Janice Morris.

Twelve members of the Peel Society Committee had the privilege of a private visit to the Crime Museum in the cellars of New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, which was founded by Robert Peel in 1829. The group was invited by the Commissioner, Cressida Dick C.B.E., Q.P.M., who is a patron of the Society.

The party outside Scotland Yard. Behind the window is a large bust of Sir Robert Peel, sculpted by Matthew Noble, who sculpted the Peel statue in Tamworth, also on display is Peel’s walking stick.

We were greeted by Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt and shown round the Museum by the curator, Paul Bickley. The Museum was started in 1874 as a method of teaching new detective constables into the ways of solving crime. Having the weapons and tools of the criminals helps the new detectives understand the criminal’s mind and leads to more crime solving. It is a fascinating, if some somewhat gruesome, display of artefacts. Amongst many memorable ones were the gun used by a would-be assassin of Queen Victoria in 1840, the gun used by Ruth Ellis, the last female to be executed, to kill her lover and the mortar device used by the IRA to bomb 10 Downing Street in 1992.

The Society are most grateful to The Metropolitan Police for the opportunity to visit this unique collection.