Policing history online

The Resources Team at the Police Museum – not part of the rogues gallery

The Resources Team at the Police Museum – not part of the rogues gallery (click for full picture)

On the 29th of March Te Ara’s Resources Team attended the launch of the New Zealand Police Museum’s new website and first ever online exhibition.

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about our visit to the re-launched Police Museum. Their new website gives staff the opportunity to show more of the collections and education work they do. It also gave Canadian intern Chelsea Nichols the opportunity to stage this new exhibition, ‘Suspicious Looking‘.

‘Suspicious Looking’ is an exhibition about 19th century mug shots, those often unflattering but fascinating snaps taken by police when someone is arrested. The exhibition has a rogues’ gallery of criminals, along with the crimes they were arrested for. The list of crimes is intriguing – fancy taking a guess at what the sentence for being a rogue and a vagabond would be in 1888? Try a year behind bars.

The museum is a great, hands-on place (as you can see from the above photo of the members of the Resources Team), so why not check it (or the new website) out.

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