In May 2019, Grantham Museum has launched a fundraising campaign to create a lasting exhibition to the first female police officer to have arresting powers in the UK.

Edith Smith was a pioneer and went on to have an active role in law enforcement in the Grantham area.

We feel that it is time to create a fitting, permanent exhibition to her with Grantham Museum.

To do this we are opening up the opportunity to the public to donate and “Buy a Brick” for the “cell wall” that will form part of the exhibition. Each brick with have the name of the person who donated along with a message of tribute to Edith.

Launching this campaign is Amanda Schonhut, Fundraising Director.

Amanda says “ People are very interested in Edith’s Story, not just here in Grantham but elsewhere too. She is hugely important to Lincolnshire as a whole but a source of pride for Policing and for Women and our achievements. This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to get involved in telling Edith’s Story and that of Policing here in our Town – in her time. I speak to people every week who are keen to promote Edith’s exemplary service to Policing, as the first woman to be given the power of arrest as a female officer, we at the Museum are proud to promote her work.

For as little as a £1.00 donation you can ‘buy a brick’ to build Edith’s ‘custody cell’, each brick will have the name of the person on and will be proudly displayed as part of our exhibition. We invite anyone, including Schools, Local Community Groups and Associations to get involved – the more bricks we sell – the bigger the story we can tell! “

You can find out more at https://www.granthammuseum.org.uk/edith-smith-buy-a-brick/ where you can donate online or send your donations to the Museum.

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