Friends of the

Metropolitan Police History

Welcome to Metropolitan Police Heritage

The Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection is a group of like minded people seeking to promote and preserve the history of the Metropolitan Police Service 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 core activities of the Friends are to:

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

Oral History

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

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

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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 Mission

We wish to reflect the long and distinguished history of the Metropolitan Police Service 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 provide varied and expert advice to the Collection and enquirers. Our membership aims to engage the wider public in the heritage of the Metropolitan Police Service and, with them, seek to secure the future of the Collection and all its related heritage activities.  The Friends are also working closely with the Mayor's Office to secure a permanent Metropolitan Police Museum in London.

We are now a Registered Charity, Number 1167839, and would appreciate it if you would complete the Gift Aid Form and send it with your donation.


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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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 12 Little Aston Road, Romford, , RM3 0SP.


Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

12 Little Aston Road



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