Merseyside ‘Fashion Police’

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A new, innovative exhibition is opening in the heart of Liverpool

Developed by Merseyside Police, ‘Fashion Police’ interweaves the social history of the region with police uniforms dating from the 1800s to the present day.

The exhibition, which opened to the public on Monday, 11 February, demonstrates the key role policing has played in the development of Merseyside; from protecting the docklands and street children of the 1800s, through two world wars and more recently the buzz of the Mersey music scene and cultural events of today.

The Met Quarter Shopping Centre plays host to the exhibition where visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time and walk the beat from the 1800s to the present day.

Exclusive exhibits include Napoleonic style dress head wear and hobnail boots, to signalling sticks and the iconic uniform we are familiar with today.

With fun facts and an opportunity to don Victorian capes and current coats, the exhibition offers an insightful look into policing in this region.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Jon Murphy, said: “We seized this fantastic opportunity, presented to us by the Met Quarter, to present our very own ‘fashion show’ in the designer shopping hub of the city.

“Uniform has always been an integral part of policing and although it has adapted and changed over time, the British police uniform remains iconic worldwide.

Mr Murphy adds: “I am proud to be able to share the social history and development of Merseyside Police with the community, for what is the very first time, and would like to thank the retired officers that have given their time to make this exhibition possible.

“Alongside the display, schools across Merseyside are being given the opportunity to design the police uniform of the future with a special prize being awarded to the winning designer.”

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