Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre

Many police artefacts, previously hidden from view, are now on permanent public display at the Met's new Heritage Centre. Staff will rotate displays from the 15,000 items that make up the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre. These include uniforms, old maps of London, police equipment etc.

Panarama of the Museum

Address: The Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre, The Annexe, Empress State Building, Empress Approach,  Lillie Road,  West Brompton, London, SW6 1TR.

Opening: Unfortunately, until further notice the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre will only be open to the public by appointment.
Entry: Free
Nearest Underground Station: West Brompton
Turn left outside West Brompton Underground station and we are on the right about 200 metres away, opposite the Lilly hotel.

Also, owing to many changes that the Met are undergoing they will not be able to conduct any research on family or historical matters.  However, we may be able to assist with basic family data that will assist searches at the National Archives. 

The Metropolitan Police Historical Collection research material consists of:- 

  • 54.000 name database from 1829 which is updated regularly.
  • Central Records of Service from 1911.
  • Pension cards for pensioners who have died.
  • Police Orders from 1857
  • Joiners and Leavers Records.  (copies from National Archive)
  • Divisional Ledgers. (consisting of  collar Numbers, previous occupation and armed forces service) for certain periods of time for A,B,E,F,G,H,K,L,M,N,R and Y Divisions.
  • Subject and People files.
  • Photographs - in the process of being scanned to Hi-Res from a vast collection.

These Databases are held at the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre.  They are excellent and unique finding aids for family history researchers tracing ancestors with Metropolitan Police connections.


If you are interested in buying Metropolitan Police merchandise,

please visit Metgifts for order form.


For further information please contact us - or write to


12 Little Aston Road,


RM3 0SP.