|After 5 months of refurbishment, the Glasgow Police Museum opened it's doors to visitors on 15 June 2009, in the new premises at (First Floor) 30 Bell Street, Merchant City, Glasgow. The move of premises was brought about by the closure of the previous venue at 68 St. Andrew's Square due to the Glasgow District Court No.1 closing its doors after 102 years. The new premises was obtained on 10 December 2008 under a leasing agreement with Glasgow City Council and work began to convert it into the museum. This has be achieved in 5 months with the help of volunteers from the Glasgow Police Heritage Society and valuable practical assistance/sponsorship from Scotshield Ltd of Airdrie, Alex Martin Flooring Ltd and Saltire Carpets and Bedding. The Society is very grateful to these companies for their assistance.|
|Our Society's first major project, to unveil a bronze
plaque commemorating the City of Glasgow Police, became a reality at
3pm on Friday 30th. June 2000 on the day of the 200th. Anniversary of the Glasgow Police Act of 1800,
Britain's first Police Act.|
In the photo, Councillor Bashir Maan,(centre right) Convenor of the Strathclyde Joint Police Board, is seen unveiling the plaque at the old Tron Church, 63 Trongate Glasgow. Looking on were (left to right) Sir David McNee, the Deputy Lord Provost Cllr. Jean Macey, Mr. John Orr, Chief Constable of Strathclyde and Mr. Neil Murray, Administrator of the Tron Theatre.
The Plaque was suggested by our Society and generously paid for by
the Strathclyde Joint Police Board.|
Representatives of the Retired Police Officers' Association and the Scottish Police
Federation, and Glasgow's oldest retired officer,
ex-Chief Inspector Donald Campbell (97 years old) were also present at the cermony.
We are very fortunate that the old Tron Church is still a landmark of the City as it was in the Session House of the Church that the City of Glasgow Police first mustered on 15 November 1800.
The unveiling ceremony was a historic occasion attended by approximately sixty former members of the Glasgow Police, who are proud that the old force is being commemorated in this, the 25th. Anniversary of the formation of Strathclyde Police.