Historic Police Motorcycles at Daventry Museum – Saturday 1st April

The Historic Police Motorcycle Group (HPMG) will be showcasing vintage motorcycles at Daventry Museum on the last Saturday opening of the gruesome ‘Law and Order’ exhibition on 1st April from 10am to 4pm.

Image of Honda and Carabineiri motorbikes used by the police force.
UK spec Honda ST1300P and Italian Carabinieri Moto Guzzi 850T3PA, courtesy of Historic Police Motorcycle Group

HPMG attend events across the UK and in Europe displaying ex-police motorcycles. The group are sometimes even asked to locate specific motorbikes or advise on them for TV and film work. HPMG aims to unite owners of such machines so that fellow enthusiasts and members of the public have the chance to see something unique and rare.

Alongside the HPMG exhibits, visitors will be able to explore the murky past of Northamptonshire’s criminals in the museum’s ‘Law and Order’ exhibition, which tells the story of how order was kept, and looks at the different types of punishments imposed on criminals in Northamptonshire from the early 1800s onwards.

Highlights in the exhibition include a replica pillory (similar to stocks), the cell door from the old Moot Hall, a 1960s Police Motorbike, a man-trap and a Scold’s Bridle, (an iron muzzle), from Boughton House by kind permission of The Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry KBE.

Water Pump and Pillory

Children can get involved in the exhibition by becoming a detective and searching for clues around the museum to solve ‘The Missing Mayor Mystery’. Through this game children will be able to learn about past and present roles of the Town Council, and the basic principles of democracy by dressing up in civic regalia as well as handling a replica mace and gavel.

For more information please contact the museum on 01327 301246 or email [email protected]

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