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The boys and girls at schools can dress up in police uniforms,
some of which are part of the Peel Museum collection at Middleton Hall.

Peel Museum - School Risk Assessment

This is the core of our educational experience, which is easily tailored to be relevant to the age/interests/experience of the students/visitor group.

By focusing on a specific event, i.e. formation of the modern Police Service in 1829 by Sir Robert Peel, and why that became necessary, students can gain a deeper level of understanding of social conditions and the beliefs, attitudes and values of the time. They can also find out more about the role of local and national government and the significance of social reform in the 19th century.


  • To develop and extend knowledge of key events in 19th century Britain that helped shape the modern world, including exploring wider issues of social values and responsibility.
  • To understand and evaluate historical interpretations using a range of sources in their historical context, including historic buildings, landscapes, artefacts, photographs and primary source material.
  • To build historical empathy. 
  • To engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. This will include:
  • asking relevant questions; challenging assumptions; questioning different perspectives of history; selecting, analysing and organising evidence; and drawing conclusions relevant to the focus of the enquiry.
  • To understand how and why the Police service in particular has evolved into its current status.
  • To develop oral and dialogic communication skills.

School visits

Part of the National Curriculum relates to studying the local area and famous people associated with that area. One obvious choice is Sir Robert Peel who was MP for Tamworth, became Home Secretary and then Prime Minister. He is probably best known for
setting up the Metropolitan Police in 1829, and of course lived at Drayton Manor.

We have put together a presentation to explain why he became so famous and why, after he died, so many ordinary people contributed to the erection of some 20 statues around the Country in his memory.
We will visit the school, perhaps bringing some items of Police uniform for the children to try on.
We ask only for a small donation to cover our travel expenses.
For more details contact:- Nigel Morris 


Older students who may be studying subjects such as social conditions during the early 19th century and why it became necessary to set up a Police service, may profit from a visit to our museum and a tour round Middleton Hall itself with one of their guides.
We can provide a presentation explaining the subject, leading on to evolution of the Police service into its modern-day status.
Contact:- Nigel Morris 

Public Service Courses

A number of colleges run a specialist course for young people wishing to join either the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance or Armed Forces. One module in particular relates to Police history, for which a visit to our museum, with associated presentation, would be invaluable.
Two of our speakers are retired senior Police Officers with previous experience of delivering such training, which would be especially beneficial to those aiming to join the Police.
We also have access to currently-serving officers to ensure that our input is up-to-date.
For further information contact:- Roger Field