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Police strike centenary event

9 July 2019

A total of 120 officers from Birmingham – and more than 2,000 nationwide - were dismissed during the police strike of 1919.

Now, 100 years after the strike, two commemorative events are being organised at the Steelhouse Lane Lock-Up which was in use from 1891 until as recently as 2016.

At the first event, on Saturday 3 August, a new book ‘Out of the Blue: Police Strike 1919’ will be launched during a strike themed open day. During the evening, from 5pm – 7pm, there will also be a talk about the strike.

Then on 16 September a second open day will be held at Steelhouse Lane giving visitors a further chance to look around, find out more about the strike and buy a copy of ‘Out of the Blue’ which tells the story of events leading up to the strike and about the strikers themselves.

Items from the Force’s museum will be on display at the events while children will be able to take part in a quiz and treasure trail.

Money from the ticket sales and items sold in the shop will help plans for a permanent police museum at the lock-up.

The organisers are also seeking photos or memorabilia from Steelhouse Lane and would like to hear from anyone who worked at the lock-up or their families. They are also very keen to hear from relatives of the police strikers.

Tickets for the centenary open days are £5 for adults, £3.50 for children aged 5 to 12 and free for under 5s. Tickets for the talk on 3 August are £10.

For any queries, email the museum.

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September 2020