The Museum holds objects and archival material relating to the history of the force from 1840 including personnel, disciplinary and other records, together with more general documents and a large photographic collection.
Research is carried out on behalf of the public and researches can view some of the material held with permission from the curator. The museum holds details of many murder cases, especially those from the last century. Some material has also been deposited at the Essex Record Office at Chelmsford where it can be viewed.
The Museum will help to preserve the history of Essex Police and provide its visitors with information on how Essex Police has developed to become what it is today.
Most people don't find out about the police unless they are victims of crime or they have been arrested. In the atmosphere of the museum visitors have the chance to discover what the police do and how the service has changed since 1840.
Opening hours: Wednesday 1pm to 4.30pm. For visits by appointment, including group visits and research please contact us.
For disabled access and parking please contact us in advance of your visit. We have disabled parking spaces which we can reserve in advance. Guided tour available in audio and large print format.
Bus no. 47, 54 or 56 from the bus station in the town centre (opposite the train station).
From Chelmsford town centre, follow Springfield Road north and turn right at the traffic lights next to Chelmsford Prison into Sandford Road. Take next road left after Lionmede Park into the Essex Police HQ approach road. Pass Gainsborough Crescent on the right and the museum is before the car park on the left.
From the Army and Navy roundabout and approaches from the south, take the Chelmer Road exit towards Chelmer Village bearing left at the next roundabout. At the traffic lights, turn left into Sandford Road. Take the fourth turning on the right (just before Lionmede Park) into the Essex Police HQ approach road. Pass Gainsborough Crescent on the right and the museum is before the car park on the left.