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Vancouver Police Museum

It seems incredible that 2013 is here already; time really does seem to be flying by! We thought we would start off with a short blog on our recent activities.

As many of you may have read in one of our previous blogs, we filmed a feature on the Vancouver Police Mounted Squad in Stanley Park. To help tell the story we needed some older photographs showing a brief history of the Mounted Unit and they kindly pointed us in the direction of the Vancouver Police Museum, which holds a huge collection. The museum curator, Kristin Hardie, was kind enough to help us and search out a number of fascinating photographs from the Mounted Unit’s past.

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Vancouver Mounted Police Squad Display at the Police Museum.

Over the coming few weeks we will be putting together this feature in a basic demo form to see what you all think and show you the general direction we’re going in with the documentary. We hope you’ll like it!
We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about the Police Museum as we feel it is not only an important fixture in Vancouver’s history but also one of its more unusual and interesting places to visit.

The museum has many displays and exhibits, some telling the stories of some of Vancouver’s most famous criminals. They also have many displays showing the history of the various divisions of the Vancouver Police.

The building itself is rather noteworthy. A short excerpt from the museum’s website: “Built in 1932, our building has housed both the Coroner’s Court and the City Analyst’s laboratory; it is also a municipally designated heritage structure. The basement and main floor were home to a forensics lab and related facilities. The museum is housed on the top floor of the building and encompasses the original Coroner’s Courtroom, offices, morgue and autopsy room. All of these facilities on the top floor are included in our guided tour of the museum.”

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Out front of the Vancouver Police Museum.

They also conduct walking tours, taking in some of the oldest parts of Vancouver and exploring the origins of the Vancouver Police Department and how some of the laws came into being.

Please visit the museum’s website: -
http://www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/

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Kristin Hardie, Vancouver Police museum curator in front of her women in policing display.

We would like to thank Kristin massively for her help and for her kind words about our project and we look forward to helping in any way we can to spread the word about the museum.
If you haven’t done so already, go and pay them a visit, it really is worth it!

That’s it for now everyone. Many thanks as always for reading, we really do appreciate it.