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Whistle - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Security Staff

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2000F193
Collection:Social History - Millenibrum Project 2000
Date:1940 - 1960

Maker Information

Attributed to:J Hudson & Co - View history


Joseph Hudson was a Birmingham-trained toolmaker who set up business in the 1860s, making, amongst other things, a variety of types of whistles. Perhaps the best known design was the 'Metropolitan', which was adopted by the London Metropolitan Police in 1883, taking over from the earlier ratchet type policeman's rattle. Its shrill call can still be heard on the streets of London today. This particular whistle, although of the Metropolitan type, was actually used by security staff at Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.

Presented by John Davies, 2000.

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Production Period:20th century
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England

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Height:42 cm
Depth:1.8 cm