The Birmingham Lock-up

Tuesday 10 March 2020

10.30 to 1.00pm

This is the prison where the real Peaky Blinders would have been held whilst waiting trial. The building is Grade II and dates from 1886 and operated until 2017.  Modernization was carried out in the 2000s  but some cells were kept as originally designed, due to its listed status

The building is organized over three floors with the kitchens in the basement level and photography facilities on the first where the first police run photographic studio was sited.


Plans are currently afoot to convert Steelhouse Lane Lock-up, to a West Midlands Police Museum to house a fantastic collection that exists, to illustrate policing heritage, and stories from our region. After a talk about the history of the building and its goings on, we get to handle some old police uniforms weapons and equipment. Afterwards we have the chance to explore the building and get a feel of these very different spaces.


My usual warning about sensible clothing contains an interesting variation this visit. The Lock-up is over three floors  and many of the floors are perforated, and therefore see through, so skirts may not be appropriate. Comfortable flat footwear is also appropriate for the hard surface, open grill floors and stairs. 


Lunch: The Boston Tea Party, 190 Corporation Street, near the Magistrates court is handy for those who wish to stay for lunch. It is undergoing a refurbishment earlier in the year. A menu is available to see at:


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