Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

Met Police Oral History

In June 2007 we received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we have recorded oral history testimonies from over 100 officers (1930s to present). Click the link below to listen to interview example.

Grosvenor Square 17 March 1968 Sound Clips

We have also been given the interview recordings from one officer who joined in1898 and five who joined in 1919. We are continuing to record interviews with support from the London branch of the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) which has donated sufficient funds to enable us to continue interviewing and publish them on our website in the foreseeable future.

Donations to help fund this project are always welcome and can be made via BACS to: sort 09.01.54, account 94027088, or by cheque payable to FoMPHC and sent to 12 Little Aston Road, Romford, RM3 0SP.

This large sound archive has been condensed into a 6 hour accessible, narrated  CD, which can be found at - The Copper's Story.  This CD is supported by a booklet containing a general introduction to Metropolitan Police History, a glossary of police terms and slang, a description of contents and contact details.  A copy of The Coppers' Story has been sent to all London Local History Libraries/Archive Centres.

For all enquiries, please contact the Oral History group here - or write to

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


We are delighted that our Oral History Catalogue is now available with a select number of interviews which you can listen to.

More interviews will be added, so please check back regularly.  Visit the Oral History Catalogue

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