Derby Duo say ‘Hair’s’ to the good old days…

Derby Police Museum and traditional barbershop, The Dandy Gent, have teamed up to promote the extraordinary collection of photographs and memorabilia currently on display inside Derby Gaol.

The Museum’s curator, and regular customer and supporter of The Dandy Gent, Ashley Waterhouse, hand delivered several original artefacts and images together with his Head of Collections, Ashley Brown.

The two Ashleys caused quite a stir as they walked from Derby Gaol on Agard Street to the Irongate barbershop in 100% authentic full police uniform from days gone by. Whilst at The Dandy Gent, they spoke to fascinated customers about the pictures on display – which include images of The Baseball Ground – circa 1930, 1860’s Irongate – and a rather gruesome picture of a 19th Century prisoner – shot during arrest.

Owner of The Dandy Gent’s two Derby-based barber shops, Shane O’Shaughnessy, said “Ashley (Waterhouse) is a regular customer and we’ve often spoken of our love for local history. I’ve always listened with great interest in his specialist subject of The Police through the ages.”

“The Dandy Gent is also a celebration of days gone by. As you will see, our decor is clearly a nod to my love of the Victorian era in particular, but what we are really about is trying to transport our customers back to a time when a gentleman really took time and a great deal of interest in his appearance.”

The Dandy Gent opened its Irongate shop in April this year and, together with its Nuns Street shop and grooming product manufacturing, is going from strength to strength.

“We’re delighted to house this collection for the Derby Police Museum, it’s right up our street and has already been of enormous interest to our clients.”

“We will be changing the display periodically,” Continued Ashley. “sharing some of Derby’s hidden history to new audiences, and hopefully encouraging them to come to the museum to see so much more.”

The Derby Police Museum is privately owned by a mixture of Derby people including ex-officers, enthusiasts and historians – and is supported with artefacts by Derby Police.

The museum, located inside Derby Gaol, is continually growing its already huge collection, and currently open every Saturday 11am – 3pm. Entry to the museum costs just £3 for adults and £1 for children. Find out more about the museum at its website here or its Facebook Page.


Irongate circa 1950’s


You’re nicked! Shane feels the long arm of the law (some say, not a moment too soon!)


(L-R) Ashley Waterhous, Ashley Brown and Shane O’Shaughnessy.


A tiny taste of Derby Police Museum photographs & artefacts now on display at The Dandy Gent, Irongate, featuring: 1930’s Baseball Ground, Exeter House on Full Street (where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in 1745), Irongate (1860/70) and the Legal Procession taken around 1910.