NARPO – The voice of retired police officers
NARPO – The voice of retired police officers

• There’s UPROAR! at the Museum with historian Alice Loxton as she shares stories from her new book UPROAR! Satire, Scandal and Printmakers in Georgian London.

• Hear tales of murder, corruption and theatrics in our Stages and Cells walking tour, a collaboration with the Royal Opera House.

• Discover how Bow Street, an unremarkable thoroughfare at the heart of theatreland became the centre of criminal justice reform with the return of FREE Friday tours.

• Learn about the evolution of fingerprint forensics as you explore your unique identity in our family-friendly workshops.

Visit Bow Street Police Museum this Easter and discover more about the history of law, (dis)order
and criminal investigations in Covent Garden.


On Thursday 30th March (19:00) join historian Alice Loxton as she delves into the delights of UPROAR!: Satire, Scandal and Printmakers in Georgian London – a brilliant new history of Georgian Britain through the eyes of the artists who immortalised it. Set against a backdrop of royal madness, political intrigue, the birth of modern celebrity, French revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, UPROAR! follows
the satirists as they lampoon those in power, from George III and Napoleon, to the Prince Regent and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.


  Alice Loxton is a 27-year-old historian, writer and presenter. She is passionate about bringing history tomainstream audiences and has worked with History Hit, Channel 4, Call of Duty, LadBible, Minecraft, Xbox, BBC Bitesize, The National Trust and many other charities and organisations. She shares her love of history via her social media channels, where she has over a million followers (@history_alice).

The perfect setting for Uproar!, Bow Street Police Museum tells the story of the life and crimes of
Covent Garden, including those of the Georgian era when the area was home to a burgeoning community of artists, law-makers and law breakers.



On Sunday 16th April (10:00) there is another chance to join our acclaimed walking tour Stages and Cells, a collaboration with The Royal Opera House that uncovers the stories of crime and theatre that made Covent Garden one of the most notorious areas in 18th and 19th century London. Intended to be a quiet, residential part of town, Bow Street was transformed by the arrival of the theatres
ushering in a new era of bustling crowds, pickpockets, highwaymen, murders, sex workers, gin palaces and unbridled decadence, leading to the necessity of London’s first police force – the Bow Street Runners. Some of the stories you’ll discover on this tour include the
tale of the infamous Charles Macklin, who used his acting skills to literally get away with murder, and the bizarre instance when Bow Street Police officers tried to blend in with the chorus on the Royal Opera House stage to foil a diamond heist.

Every Friday throughout Easter (7th and 14th April) join the Museum team for a FREE 20-minute walking
tour of Bow Street to discover how such a small, unremarkable thoroughfare in the heart of London’s
theatreland became the centre of criminal justice reform. These tours offer a great introduction to
the more in-depth exhibitions on display at the Museum. Tours take place at 10:30 and 14:00 and are
offered for free to all on a first come, first served basis for up to 20 people. Meet at the Museum’s
main entrance on Martlett Court.

Explore the story of fingerprinting technology in our family-friendly workshop. Learn about the
evolution of fingerprint forensics as you discover your unique identity and make your own police-style
fingerprint form to take home with you. Suitable for all ages. Normal Museum admission prices apply.
Dates and times vary, see our website for more details. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
In addition, our family trail invites all budding young detectives to pick up a case file and discover the
history of policing on Bow Street. Follow the clues, complete the puzzles, and investigate why Bow
Street Police Station was one of the most famous in the world. We have a range of trails suitable for
all ages, including those that can be used by adults to help engage younger children with lots of the
objects and stories on display.

Tickets to visit the Museum and take part in any of our workshops, tours, or talks can be booked online
via our website. As a small museum, places at all our events are limited, therefore we recommend
booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

Venue: Bow Street Police Museum, 28 Bow Street, London WC2E 7AW
Museum Admission: £6.00; Concessions: £4.50 / £3.00; Children under 12 and carers: free
Pre-book Museum admission tickets: Buy Museum Admission Tickets online – Bow Street Police Museum (
Pre-book UPROAR!:
Pre-book Stages & Cells:
Pre-book Family Workshop:
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