Annual Museum Lecture
I Spy Blue Coats: Policing Essex in the 19th and 20th centuries by Maureen Scollan
ABOUT THE TALK
Essex was one of the first counties to set up a full-time paid police force in 1840. There were some local policing schemes which ran in parallel with the paid police for some years afterwards. This talk will look at such 19th century practices, and also examine 20th century innovations such as the employment of women.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Maureen Scollan's first visit to the Essex Record Office was made as a teenager. She was a member of the ERO staff for seven years before becoming a full-time police officer, where she had a varied career in uniform and plain clothes eventually retiring as an inspector. Whilst a serving officer she researched a history of the Essex Police which was published in 1993. She is now a trustee of the Essex Police Museum, having been closely concerned with its establishment in 1989.