Bradford Police Museum Halloween Weekend

The museum at City Hall will be open this Friday 10-4pm 29th October 2021 and Saturday 10-4pm 30th October 2021.

The museum will be holding a Halloween weekend this weekend. Our Friday and Saturday openings on the 29th and 30th October will have a Halloween theme with the museum and cells dressed for Halloween with spiders, ghosts and lots of Spooky goings on. The museum will be open both Friday 10-4pm and Saturday 10-4pm and will have a very creepily feel.

There will be guided tours of the Police Cells and the Court room used for filming by Peaky Blinders and Emmerdale Farm which are thought to be haunted by Chains Charlie the Ghost of City Hall.

The museum volunteers will be joined on Friday afternoon by young people from the Performing and Production Arts department at Bradford School of Art who will be playing historical characters from the past as part of the museums tours.

To kick off the weekend on Thursday evening the museum will run their Legendary Ghost Tour at Halloween for the first time in nearly two years. The Halloween ghost tour sold out with 24hours of ticket sales going live and is now sold out. However, the museum has announced two more Ghost Tours for which tickets are currently on sale. These will take place on Thursday 11th November and Thursday 9th December 2021.

Martin Baines the museum Director said, “We are looking forward to our Halloween themed weekend where we will be joined on Friday by young people from the Bradford School of Arts. We are also delighted that on the Thursday our legendary Ghost tour will be returning. Les Vasey a former Bradford Police Commander and  volunteer in the museum is a member of the Society for Psychical Research and carried out an in-depth investigation into paranormal activity in City Hall in 2015. To find out what he found out join us on one of our ghost tours in November and December.”

To book museum tours this Friday and Saturday the 29th and 30th as normal online via the museum website:

Ghost tours on the 11th of November and the 9th of December can also be booked on the museum web site event page.

Background – Bradford Police Museum

The Bradford Police museum is located in historical City Hall Bradford and provides a unique insight into the history of policing, criminal justice, civic enforcement and the development of crime and punishment in Bradford from the early 19th century onwards.

The museum is situated on the site of the original 19th Century police station in City Hall which was operational between 1874 and 1974.The museum gallery covers the history of policing from the inception of the Bradford Borough Police force in 1848 right up to the present day.

Visits to the museum include guided tours of the original Victorian cells and court built in 1873 which formed part of the original police station.

Visitors can stand in the police cell that the famous escapologist Harry Houdini escaped from in the early years of the twentieth Century, and then climb up the dock steps to the beautifully preserved Victorian Court room used for filming by TV and film productions (including Coronation Street).

Visit the gallery and see Victorian police truncheons, uniforms, swords, weapons, memorabilia, crime scene exhibits and unique photographs covering 150 years of policing in the city.

Much of the collection has never been seen by the public before.

The museum is manged by a local charity ‘Under the Clock Bradford’ and is run entirely by volunteers.

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While restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these events in a safe and responsible manner.