Friends of the

Metropolitan Police History

Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre

If you have an interest in the heritage of the Metropolitan Police and would like to know more, please send your request for information to the Heritage Centreyour enquiry will be dealt with by a member of Heritage Centre staff as soon as possible.        All e-mails to will be acknowledged or answered within 10 working days. Queries will be dealt with in the order they arrive with the exception of those that are urgent or relating to operational issues. 

Please note that, due to shortage of staff, results may take some time. 

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.

Genealogy or historical facts are available but there may be a cost to researching the information required which the team will discuss with you prior to the research being undertaken. An initial search will be carried out with advice given on what else may be available and the cost of locating further information. Please note that, due to data protection, some information will only be supplied to next of kin and you will need to provide proof of that.


Heritage Centre

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

Open : Wednesday to Friday, 10.00 to 16.00.
Entry : Free
Nearest Underground Station: West Brompton
Turn left outside West Brompton Underground station and you will find it on the right about 200 metres away, opposite the Lilly hotel.

The Metropolitan Police Historical Collection research material consists of:- 

  • Over 60.000 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 aids for researching the Metropolitan Police history and tracing ancestors with Metropolitan Police connections.   

If you are interested in buying Metropolitan Police merchandise, see Metgifts.

Orders must be placed in person at the Heritage Centre, or by emailing


Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

12 Little Aston Road



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