The Met’s Heritage Centre holds a valuable collection of photographs, archives, books, equipment, uniforms and other historical artefacts, some of which date from the start of the service in 1829. Our most recent display showed highlights from its collection. The Heritage Centre will be relocating its collections and Reading Room to Woolwich in 2021, date to be confirmed.

The Heritage Centre is currently closed, but some of the archival material can still be accessed via the Open University, the National Archives and the Mary Evans Picture Library.

Although we are closed, we are looking into setting up an appointment system to enable you to come and access our archive and collection for research. On provision of a warrant number, we can also supply images of officers’ attestation signatures from 1958 to 2003 by email.

More information about this will be updated on this page in due course and if you have any urgent queries please contact the Heritage Centre.

The Heritage Centre can help with answers to genealogical questions from service families and the public. It's also always on the lookout for objects, photographs and archives which tell the story of the Met and its people.


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Signatures from 1923 Attestation Book, these are the first women officers in the Met who had the power of arrest

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