History through objects and artefacts

Why did policemen carry rattles?

During the 19th century rattles were carried as part of the standard equipment of the night ‘watchman’ or parish constable.

They were used to attract attention along with a bell, lantern and later a whistle.

By the mid 19th century rattles gradually became obsolete, and began being replaced by whistles.

Patrols were arranged at night to deter criminal activity.

Understanding the past … informing the future

The Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom is home to a unique and fascinating collection of photographs, objects and memorabilia which helps tell the story of law and order in Tetbury and Gloucestershire over the last 200 years.

This wonderful collection takes us on a journey of change, growth and development from the early 1800’s, a journey that is still continuing today.

Be part of it … by volunteering

Come and join the team and help us look after our heritage. If you would like to consider volunteering with us please click the button for more details.