He’s a fair cop! Coming to Andover – The Story of Policing, Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century


A new exhibition from the Hampshire Cultural Trust is coming to Andover this week. From Saturday March 5 to Sunday May 1, 2022, Andover Museum will host He’s a good coptelling the story of crime, policing and punishment in the 19th century.

From the night watchmen of the 1800s to the bobby on the beat in 1900, the exhibition describes a century that saw a revolution in the detection and prosecution of criminal activity, a period of growing public fascination with crime and the emergence of a new hero. in the battle to protect the law-abiding Victorian from the nefarious activities of the criminal classes – the detective.

Meanwhile, Britain gradually transformed from an almost medieval system of keepers and robbers to, by the turn of the century, a professional and trained national police force using the latest advances in forensic technology. in their ongoing battle to get violators to book.

A range of period artefacts and photographs from the collection held by the Hampshire Cultural Trust will help tell the transformative story of policing over these 100 years.

Andover Museum is run by the Hampshire Cultural Trust, an independent charity established in 2014 to promote Hampshire as a county offering exceptional cultural experiences to its residents and visitors.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit – www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/its-fair-cop.


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