Whilst it does not have a public display space, it frequently loans objects to exhibitions at other museums. There are a number of collections across the Metropolitan Police, including the historical collection, crime museum and historic fleet. Whilst the Crime Museum is not open to the public, our historical collection is, and is housed at the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre which in 2021 will operate an appointment-only research room at its new site in Woolwich.

We are always on the lookout for new objects, archives, books and photographs for our collection and these can be offered by phone or email. We hold a monthly acquisitions meeting to discuss offers and to make sure they can help us better tell the breadth and depth of the Met’s history. We are particularly keen to strengthen areas in our collection such as:

  • Policing and the Covid-19 pandemic
  • LGBTQ officers in the recent and not-so-recent past
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic officers in the pre- and post- 1947 periods
  • Women police officers in London before and after 1919
  • The Met’s Civil Staff and their part in Met history since 1829

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