Welcome to Metropolitan Police Heritage
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.
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
and YouTube - Ron thinks the Station Sergeant/Instructor is Eamonn Sheridan, who he knew as a PC on 'H' Div.
Well worth watching - Man on the Beat - those were the days.
Bow Street Museum -
The developers have now received planning permission for their plans for the former Bow Street Police Station and Magistrates Court. Unfortunately no work has began as yet as apparently any new building project that takes place in Westminster Borough has to consider ‘affordable housing’ within its plans. If this cannot be done, (as is the case with Bow Street) then a ‘donation’ towards affordable housing elsewhere in the Borough has to be made. Negotiations are in hand to resolve this problem, hopefully this can be resolved soon.
Our Gallery page shows what is proposed.
A HISTORY OF COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN
THE METROPOLITAN POLICE FORCE
BETWEEN 1867 AND THE LATE 1980s.