Maggie Thatcher and the IRA Bomber

October 12th 1984: a date that should live on in infamy in British Politics. It was the date when an IRA Bomber detonated an explosive device at Brighton’s Grand Hotel, where the then PM, Margaret Thatcher was staying during the annual Tory Party conference.

Regardless of what you think, or indeed thought, of Maggie Thatcher and her policies it is still a very unusual thing for a Prime Minister to be the target of an assassination attempt. Especially ones that come so very close to succeeding.

You might wonder why I’m suddenly writing about a deceased former Prime Minister (Prima Ministrix?) well, did you know that the central piece of evidence that convicted the would-be killer is kept in a small museum in Brighton, the Old Police Cells to be exact.

Here it is. The registration card of Roy Walsh, the man who blew up the Grand Hotel in an attempt to assassinate Maggie Thatcher.

The guest book entry of Roy Walsh, the man who blew up the Grand Hotel

The guest book entry of Roy Walsh, the man who blew up the Grand Hotel

You can visit the Old Police Cells Museum and go on one of their tours. It really is a fascinating little museum. If you enjoy reliving or learning about 80s politics, then you might like this Museum Adventure to an exhibition of Spitting Image Puppets.

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