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Events the FoMPHC plan to attend in 2015

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Officers reports for 2014/15 AGM

Officers AGM reports for 2014/15

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Welcome to Metropolitan Police Heritage

The Metropolitan Police Crime Museum (aka The Black Museum)
 will be at the Museum of London from 9th October 2015 to 10th April 2016.


New Members Welcome - Apply Today!

The Friends is a group of like minded people seeking to promote and preserve the history of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and its service to London since 1829.  It is an independent community group that works alongside the staff at the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre. 

The Central Records of Service of retired Metropolitan Police Officers are available together with an exhibition, from the Met Collection’s 15,000 artefacts, at the Heritage Centre which is open free of charge to the public at the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre, Empress Approach, Lillie Road, West Brompton, London, SW6 1TR.

The core activities of the Friends are to:

  • promote the acquisition and conservation of artefacts related to the MPS;
  • facilitate and carry out research on policing London 1829 to present day;
  • advise family and local historians interested in police activities and police ancestors; for more information see our Met Police Family History page via the Police Heritage page.
  • act as a gateway to volunteer activities to these ends.

We wish to reflect the long and distinguished history of the MPS and will continue to gather artefacts, written material and other items of police history to add to the Met Collection. Together we can support the on-going development of the Collection. The Friends provides varied and expert advice to the Collection and enquirers. Our membership aims to engage the wider public in the heritage of the MPS and, with them, seek to secure the future of the Collection and all its related heritage activities.

All donations towards the costs of our website, finding aids, oral history project and artefact purchases are very welcome and can be made via BACS at: sort 09.01.54, account 94027088, or by cheque payable to FoMPHC posted to 12 Little Aston Road, Romford, RM3 0SP.

Police Sergeant 1st Class Ambrose Rayner

It was unfortunate that the whole of the Ambrose Raynor article could not be included in our latest Peeler.  To read this extremely interesting report by Robert Bartlett just click on the link above.

British Pathe - YouTube - Newsreel Archive stories about the police click here.

Ron has come up with another film to watch, courtesy of the

British Transport Film Collection

and YouTube - Ron thinks the Station Sergeant/Instructor is Eamonn Sheridan, who he knew as a PC on 'H' Div.

More YouTube footage about the Metropolitan Police can now be found here.

Well worth watching - Man on the Beat - those were the days.

More YouTube footage about the history of the British Police.

Fair Cop a Century of British Policewomen - BBC Documentary 2015


Bow Street Museum -

The developers have now received planning permission for their plans for the former Bow Street Police Station and Magistrates Court and it would appear work has now started on preparing the building for redevelopment.  Watch this space!!

Our Gallery page shows what is proposed.  As does the Westminster City Council planning office.





Part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4

Here's another insight into the personal radio.

Metropolitan Police on traffic duty and

on patrol in the 1920s in colour.