Friends of the

Metropolitan Police History

Welcome

The Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection are a small group who have been working together since 1995, helping to preserve and promote the history and heritage of the Metropolitan Police Service.  

A history and heritage that dates back to the first day in central London on Wednesday 30th September 1829, when Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), had his men dressed Blue single-breasted swallow tail coat, 8 gilt buttons down front each with Victoria Crown and words ‘Police Force’, 4” Leather Stock fastened at the back with brass clasp, Blue trousers, strapped-over boots, black leather top hat, they become commonly known as ‘Peelers’, marched out to uphold law and order in the streets of the Metropolis.

The Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection recently became a Registered Charity in June 2016, in order to help raise funds and awareness to support and continue the legacy of this important work, to also work alongside the Metropolitan Police Service Heritage Centre

Our core activities of the Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection are as follows:

  • To assist in the preservation and promotion for the continued acquisition and conservation of the numerous artefacts related to the Metropolitan Police Service history and heritage
  • To assist in the advice of the many family historians who are interested in the Metropolitan Police Service ancestry
  • To assist in promoting our very own volunteers to work and became Metropolitan Police Volunteers who will work alongside professional archivists within the Metropolitan Police Service Heritage Centre, where they can gain professional training and advice in maintaining the history and heritage.

Oral History

Search our archives and listen to those who served and serve in the Metropolitan Police Service.

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Ancestry

With a wealth of information you can discover more about your ancestry at the Heritage Centre

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Membership

Our friends are all members and volunteers. We are a social, friendly group and always welcome new faces

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Items of Interest

Useful links to police related films and documents, as well as other websites of similar interest

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Our Aims and Missions for our Members

Is for our members to always assist in the professional preservation and promotion of the history and heritage of the Metropolitan Police Service. To encourage volunteer members to work alongside the professional archivists within the Metropolitan Police Service Heritage Centre. To help raise funds and continued awareness to support the legacy of this important work in keeping the Metropolitan Police Service in maintaining its history and heritage.

Registered Charity No: 1167839

If you would like to become a member, or you are already a member, but feel you would rather give a Donation rather than be actively involved to help our aims and missions, we fully understand and appreciated this solid kind of support -  but with such a Donation you can complete a    Gift Aid Form 

Events

Brookland Museum Emergency Services Day

The Brooklands Museum are planning another emergency services day on 7th May.  The Friends are hoping to have a stand and will be looking for volunteers to help out.  If you are interested in attending please let our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Tom Atkins know.

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Donations

All donations towards the costs of our website, finding aids, oral history project and artefact purchases are very welcome and can be made via BAC to:

Sort code: 09-01-54
Account Number: 94027088

Or by cheque payable to FoMPHC posted to 38 Wincanton Road, Romford, , RM3 9DH.

Address

Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

38 Wincanton Road

Noak Hill

Romford,

RM3 9DH

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  • Registered Charity Number: 1167839