A photograph showing a group of mystery Victorian men has been discovered in the archives of Greater Manchester Police. The picture was taken in 1899, during the jubilee celebrations of the incorporation of the borough of Oldham.
The image was found in the collection of the Greater Manchester Police Museum, which is based at the old Newton Street police station in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Archivists are asking for help in identifying the gentlemen in the picture.
According to a spokesman for the museum, most of the slides found along with this image featured local police officers and firefighters, and were clearly labelled. But this one was blank. Because they’re not in uniform, one theory is that the men are Oldham detectives, although their poses seem a little informal for that.
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More archive images of the police in Oldham can be viewed at GMP’s Flickr page here.
The museum is well worth a visit. It’s open on Tuesdays, and more information is available here.