Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum

Organisation: Museum

Collections held: Police

Dates: Before 1700, 1700-1799, 1800-1849, 1850-1899

The police collection is a small part of the Simms Collection which was founded in 1953 by Ross Simms, (a local resident) while he was a serving police officer.

On display are British and International police uniforms, caps, helmets, badges, truncheons, handcuffs and other equipment. The uniforms range from a rare 1835 “Peeler” in his tall stovepipe hat to the modern Cheltenham (USA) policeman.

The collection includes uniforms from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, USA, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the former USSR.

Winchcombe Museum, The Old Town Hall, Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5LJ


Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

Who can access the collection?

External (public), Registered users

How big is the collection?

Documents: 101- 500
Photographs: 11- 100
Objects: 10,001-20,000

Photo credits

Courtesy of Winchcombe Town Trust 2018