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3 July

365 great things about Staffordshire - Sir Robert Peel, father of modern policing 

Today we commemorate, Sir Robert Peel, who died this week in 1850 after being thrown from his horse.

He served as Prime Minister twice and is regarded as the father of modern British policing, owing to his founding of the Metropolitan Police Service. Peel was buried in Drayton Village, Tamworth, where he grew up.   

Peel was the first serving British Prime Minister to have his photograph taken. Peel is also featured on the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

His portrait hangs in Tamworth Town Hall.

Peel Museum

The Peel Museum is at Middleton Hall on the outskirts of Tamworth, one mile from Drayton Manor the former Peel family home.

Established by the Peel Society, the museum contains 14 display cases showing hundreds of Police and Peel items, supported by two large Murals, which together with other panels tell the stories of both the early Police and the Peel Family.

In 2018, the Museum had a major upgrade with the help of the HLF and work continues on the displays and interpretations. 

Find out more on the  Peel Society's website


 

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