Admissions Policy for the Museum of Policing in Cheshire

 

Date: December 2020
Review Date: Annually
Reviewed by Peter Hampson / Len Cotterell

 

 

Visitor Conditions of Admission Policy.

Visitors are admitted to the Museum of Policing in Cheshire during the hours and under the conditions stated below.

Admission to the Museum is free of charge although donations are very welcome. The Museum is located within a working Police Station therefore all visits must be made by prior arrangement. No cold call visits will be permitted at any time. (See booking procedure). The Museum staff reserve the right to refuse admission to the Museum to any persons, or to require a person already admitted to leave the Museum if their conduct or presence is considered by a responsible officer to be causing or likely to cause annoyance, or to endanger or be liable to endanger the staff and visitors, the exhibits, the fabric of the building or to be otherwise undesirable.

The leaders or organisers of parties may be required to divide their parties into groups which are small enough to avoid inconvenience to other visitors.

Opening Hours
The Museum is open for pre-arranged visitors on a Monday to Friday. Times of arrival to be agreed.

The Museum will be closed during the Christmas and New Year periods and Good Friday.

All visitors are required to have left the museum by the appropriate times, visitors may therefore be asked to leave the galleries before the time at which the Museum itself closes.

The Management reserve the right to close the Museum at any time without notice in the interests of security or any other policing reasons.

Evening visits to the Museum are by special arrangements and the same conditions apply.

If it is necessary to close the Museum temporarily, visitors may be prevented from leaving the Museum during this period.

Parking.
Visitor parking around the Museum precincts is restricted and is not guaranteed and, if available, is on a first come first serve basis. This facility may also be withdrawn due to security reasons.

Disabled visitors may be able to park, by prior arrangement, but this is not guaranteed and is again subject to the security level at the time.

Bags and Parcels
The Museum would ask that visitors do not bring large parcels and bags to the Museum other than purses and small handbags. The Museum reserve the right not to allow any bag, case or parcel etc. to be brought into the Museum. This will be strictly enforced particularly during any high security level. The Museum reserve the right to deal with any unattended objects in such a manner as is most suitable under the prevailing circumstances and will accept no liability for any damage that may be caused in consequence.

Coats.
Coats may be left in a designated area, but the Museum accepts no liability for any loss or theft and they are left at the owner’s discretion.
Exhibits
Visitors are requested not to touch exhibits unless invited to do so.

Photography.
Visitors are invited to take photographs for private purposes within the Museum areas. Visitors MUST NOT take photographs of any other areas of the Police Station interiors. Commercial or professional photography must only take place by prior agreement with the Museum Manager. In conjunction with our Children’s Safeguarding Policy. The photographing of other visitors is not allowed without permission. Any photographs taken by visitors may be subject to examination by Museum staff and deletion may be requested.

Sketching.
Sketching within the Museum is permitted in the exhibition galleries. The use of ink however is prohibited.

Closure.
The Museum will not accept liability for any claim arising from cancellation of a previously arranged visit. Our location within a working Police Station and the varying security levels may require the Museum to be closed without warning and at short notice.

Disabled Visitors.
We are pleased to say we that we are disabled friendly and the Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and a disabled toilet is located within the main area of the Museum. We have visually impaired guides available but advance information of special needs would be appreciated.

Children
Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dogs
Guide, assistance or companion dogs may accompany disabled visitors within the Museum. No other dogs or live creatures may be brought into the Museum.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited within the Museum and the Police Station precincts.

Food and drink
The consumption of food and drink by visitors is prohibited within the Museum areas.

Radios and mobile telephones
The audible playing of radios, tape recorders, musical instruments etc within the Museum is prohibited. Visitors must also not use laser pointers within the Museum.

Close Circuit Televison.
The Police Station has CCTV in operation of this site for security and crime prevention purposes and the safety of all staff and visitors. A condition of entry is that ‘YOU ARE BEING WATCHED’

VISIT BOOKING PROCEDURE.

The Museum of Policing in Cheshire is located within the Victorian cells of Warrington Police Station, Arpley Street Warrington WA1 1LQ.

The Museum is totally staffed by volunteers who give their time for no remuneration, therefore may not be available on certain dates.

1. We always have a Fire Warden and a First Aider on duty during visits.
2. Staff are CRB checked and we operate a child protection policy.
3. On occasions we do have flashing lights within the Museum, if this is a problem please inform a member of staff and we will ensure they are not used.
4. Toilets are available.
5. The entire Museum is disabled friendly
6. The consumption of food within the Museum is not permitted. Drinking water is available on request.

Our opening times are restricted due to the Museums location within an operational police station and therefore security is paramount. All visits must be by prior arrangement.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, evening visits can also be arranged.
Cold call visits by the public will not normally be allowed

Visits arranged by NPU officers, School Liaison Officers, PCSO’s and other police staff for their schools or communities will be very welcome. But the visits booking procedure MUST be adhered to.

Due to lack of space within the Museum school and community group visits will be restricted to an average class size maximum of 18. There must be adequate supervision at all times. Cheshire County Council good practice suggests that for key stage 2 a ratio of 1 – 10 with a maximum of 22 persons.

System for booking visits

• Organisers must first contact the Museum to obtain suitable dates when the Museum is open and volunteers are available to attend.
• Written (or email) notification of the visit date will be sent to the visitors and the date entered into the Museum visits diary along with a contact name and telephone number.
• Visitors should meet at the front of the Police Station (Arpley Street) and once all the visitor (group) have arrived the organiser should report to a member of the Help desk Staff who will then inform the Museum staff. Visitors will then be escorted into the Museum by a volunteer. Please note this is an operational Police \station so visitors will not be allowed to gather within the Front Desk area which may impede Police operations.
• Visits may be cancelled at short notice due to operational reasons or other unforeseen circumstances.