I think most people are at least a little bit intrigued by the macabre. I definitely count myself in that camp, so whilst I had some time off work on the week of my birthday, me and Liam popped up to London to check out The Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition at the Museum of London.
The exhibition is a sample of the exhibits at Scotland Yard’s top secret Crime Museum which is essentially used to help train new detectives and teach them about the sorts of evidence that were used to bring justice for victims by capturing the perpetrators. But the exhibition goes beyond that, sharing all sorts of artefacts to do with crime including the very ropes used to hang criminals. It’s pretty grim really, but so so interesting.
The exhibition is laid out like a timeline, with the first section referring to the beginning of the crime museum in the 1800’s, right through to individual cases as recent as the 1960’s and 70’s.
You get the chance to read a little bit about each artefact and which criminal(s) they refer to – there were many cases that I remember reading about before, of course including Jack The Ripper, but also plenty which I’d never heard of.
Aside from individual cases, there were also a few displays of items such as concealed weapons, including a shotgun concealed within an umbrella, and a stun gun that looked like a mobile phone from the 80’s. It was a pretty good mix of stuff to look at, and it was all genuinely fascinating.
The only downside of the exhibition was of course, the crowds. I’ve read a few criticisms online already that the museum definitely let too many people book for the same time slots at once, as you were pretty much queuing to read each exhibit, and only 2-3 people could look at anything at one time. It’s a shame, because with the timeline structure, you don’t really want to move on and come back to things later. It’s a small niggle though really, and worth the wait if you have the time. We were in the exhibition for around 2 hours, so make sure to put enough time aside!
If you want to check the exhibition out for yourself, it’s running until 10 April 2016. Make sure to prebook your tickets here, to avoid disappointment 🙂