Our first Exhibition of 2020 opened on Tuesday Jan 14th and was to have run until the end of May. Unfortunately we had to close it in late March because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Exhibition, titled “Southam’s Bobbies”, focused on the history of Law & Order enforcement over the hundreds of years before the existence of Police Forces, with particular reference to Southam. It then took up the story of the characters who headed up Law enforcement locally, Southam being one of the first areas in Warwickshire to have an established Police Force.
Many of the items that formed this exhibition were loaned to us by the Warwickshire Constabulary History Society and the Marton Museum of Country Bygones. Richard Woodcock and Terence Gardner from the WCHS also provided interesting insights into Policing in Warwickshire, and many items they loaned to us are rarely seen because the WCHS has no publicly accessible display room of its own.
In addition to Police specific stories there were also newspaper reports available to read of crimes and other misdemeanours reported in interesting ways.
We have been displaying panels from the exhibition in our High Street facing windows since lockdown and have plans for a new exhibition in the late Autumn, (Coronavirus lockdown restrictions permitting). We hope to present the Southam Bobbies Exhibition in full again sometime in future.
When Tithe Place is open to the public you can visit our Exhibition Room on:
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings 10:00 to 12:00. Admission free.
Contact us for group visits at other times.