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


Join special guests The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret for an evening in the cells and explore the world of crime and medicine with our first Museum Late.

Hear from former DCI Jackie Malton as she discusses how she became the inspiration for Lynda La Plantes’ seminal TV series Prime Suspect.

Find out more about the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the law, from the 18th Century to present day, with our Of Mollies and Men walking tour.

Take part in family-friendly workshops that explore the science behind crime scene investigations.

Budding young detectives can pick up a case file and follow our activity trail to investigate why Bow Street Police Station is one of the most famous in the world.

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



On Thursday 16th February (18:15 – 21:00) join special guests The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret for our first evening event of 2023.


As if tackling violent criminals in the 18th Century wasn’t dangerous enough, recovering from your surgery could often be just as life threatening! The evening includes a feature talk and Q&A with Kate So from The Old Operating Theatre Museum who will reveal the experiences of surgeons and their patients. Find out what happened to officers injured in the line of duty, and who was more likely to survive going under the knife – a Magistrate, an officer, or a criminal? Advisory: this talk contains details of surgical operations which some people may find upsetting.


Other activities throughout the evening include;

OBJECT HANDLING SESSION. Get up close and personal with the Museums’ collections, including handcuffs, truncheons and some of the grislier tools of the surgeons’ trade.

HAVE YOUR SAY! Share your thoughts and ideas around the evening’s themes in our special visitor display.

SURGICAL SKILLS. Challenge your friends and test your knowledge of human anatomy with our selection of surgical games.

 Booking is essential as spaces are limited. All activities will take place at Bow Street Police Museum, however our featured talk will also be streamed live online via Zoom.


On Saturday 18th February (11:30 – 13:00) there will be another opportunity to join our acclaimed ‘Of Mollies and Men’ guided tour as part of LGBTQ+ History Month. From the Molly Houses of the 18th Century, the arrest and trial of Oscar Wilde, to the laws protecting LGBTQ+ people today, this tour explores how law and order governed the lives of queer identifying people throughout history, sharing stories of the people who dared to be themselves.



Starting on Saturday 11th February, families can explore the forensic application of the microscope, discover how water can magnify an image and see if you can match some crime scene fibres in our family-friendly workshop. Suitable for those aged 7 and upwards. Dates and times vary, and booking is essential as spaces are limited. Uncover all the details and book your place via our website.


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. 



On Thursday 2nd March (19.00 – 20.30) spend the evening with Jackie Malton, former Detective Chief Inspector and inspiration for Lynda La Plante’s seminal TV series Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren. Jackie will be discussing her book The Real Prime Suspecta frank look at her prolific career and the challenges she faced as a gay woman working within The Metropolitan Police.

Following her career in policing Jackie became a consultant for several well-known crime series including Prime Suspect, Cracker, The Bill, Trial and Retribution, and Life on Mars. More recently she has been the lead presenter on CBS Reality’s The Real Crime Suspect which revisits high-profile cases and examines investigations undertaken by previous detectives and experts. For the last seventeen years Jackie has also voluntarily facilitated a weekly addiction group at HMP Coldingley supporting those with alcohol, drug and gambling dependencies. This event takes place at the Museum and will also be streamed live on Zoom.


Tickets to visit the Museum and take part in any of our workshops, tours, lates 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:

Pre-book Family Workshop:

Pre-book Museum Late:

Pre-book Of Mollies and Men Walking Tour:

Pre-book The Real Prime Suspect: In Conversation with Jackie Malton

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