Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre
Name of collection / site:
The Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre, The Annexe, Empress State Building Lillie Road, London
020 7161 1234
Region or country:
England (London)

The Heritage Centre is currently closed but will be relocating its collections and Reading Room to Woolwich in 2021, date to be confirmed. The Centre is a repository containing a wealth of historical documents as well as hosting a large database containing records of over 60,000 police officers dating back to 1829. Professional archivists and a dedicated team of volunteers are there to assist you if you are looking to search for information as well as helping to ensure that all documents are gathered, filed and then made available electronically. The fascinating display of records and artefacts cover all areas of policing in London and is kept fresh by rotating some of the 15,000 items from the Metropolitan Police archive. There are uniforms, maps, police equipment and a World War II display.

There are a number of collections across the Metropolitan Police, including the historical collection, crime museum and historic fleet. The Crime Museum is not open to the public.

What can be found at the venue?:
Records or archive, Collection of artifacts
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual:
The Police Officers nominal database with over 60,000 records of previously served police officers. The details date from 1829 and are continually updated by the team of volunteers; the Police Officers Central Records of Service which date back to 1911; the Police Officers pension cards of those who have died; the Police Officers joiners’ and leavers’ records, copies of which have been obtained from the National Archive at Kew; divisional Police Officers ledgers giving details of shoulder numbers and previous occupation. It also includes any services with the armed forces and other details of interest; numerous policing subjects and photographic archives
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?:
Web address of any other online resources:
Details of opening for public access and / or research services:
The collection is currently closed prior to relocation to a new venue; they are also not able to offer a research service during this transition period.
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements:
None given
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives:
The National Archives hold substantial collections of Metropolitan Policing Records under the prefix MEPO; see also Thames Valley Police Museum, the City of London Police Museum, Bow Street Police Museum, the Thames River Police Museum.
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