Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection


We encourage applications for membership from all communities and have a worldwide membership.

Members receive:

  • a free annual copy of our highly respected journal, Peeler;
  • regular e-mail news bulletins (On a '728');
  • access to a varied volunteer programme.

New members welcome


There is an annual membership fee but additional donations are, of course, more than welcome.  Fees and donations can be paid via BACS to: sort code 09.01.54, account number 94027088, or by Standing Order (single) or (joint), or cheque payable to FoMPHC by post.

To join please download the application form and complete the information before sending to the Friends of Metropolitan Police Historical Collection.   All details are on the form

Download Membership Application Form

or write to


12 Little Aston Road,


RM3 0SP.



In order to become a volunteer it is essential that you first join the Friends.

Current Volunteers Vacancies

Home based volunteers

There is an urgent need for a collator/data input person for the historical newsprint research database. A number of volunteers is searching local and national back copies of newspapers for stories about the Met Police. They complete a research pro forma and photocopy that article, recording all available details for the officers involved. This then needs to be transferred to the database.

This work can be undertaken entirely from home – no travelling involved.

Full support and training and postal costs will be given.

Local History Library Liaisons

We are looking for Local History Liaisons for London Borough Local History and Archives Centres. The duties will involve 4 visits a year to make you known to the staff and hand over leaflets, application forms and notices in person.

Assist at Family History Shows and Met. Police Station Open Days.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Police Station Open Days and other Historical Events.