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The Metropolitan Police’s heritage team looks after objects, archives, books and photographs relating to the history of the Met since 1829. They tell the lives of its officers and staff across London and beyond, and the crimes it has sought to solve.
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:
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