The Met Museums care for the collections and history of the Met. In addition we promote wider knowledge of the story of the Met especially marking important anniversaries with our colleagues both in the MPS and the wider police community.

We are here to help colleagues and stakeholders preserve, engage and interpret the history of the MPS. 

You can contact us to discuss various topics, such as:

  • donating something to our collection
  • borrowing an item from us
  • help with research enquiries
  • enquiries about family and local history

Donate an object

We are always looking to add to the collection so we can tell the full story of the Metropolitan Police and the crimes they have investigated. We collect uniform, photographs, documents, equipment, books and many more items. If you have something that you would like to donate please contact us. 

We only collect items relating to the Metropolitan Police not other police forces. If your items relate to other police forces please contact them directly.


To enquire about borrowing objects from the MPS Museum collection or for more information on our loan procedure please contact the Head of Museums via our contact form. Please note we require a minimum of six months notice for loan requests.

Research enquiries

The MPS Museum team can help with research enquiries regarding the history of the Metropolitan Police, objects in the collection, use of images in conjunction with MPS Commercial Department, famous cases and officers.

Family and local history

Our archive holds Police Orders from 1857–1990, Divisional Ledgers and War Reserve Cards that can assist with family history enquiries.

Police Orders also contain information about Divisions and police stations for family history research.

Our photograph collection which includes photographs of officers and stations is being documented over the next three years. Once this is complete we will be able to search for officers and locations.

For family and local history enquiries please contact us.

Visiting the Crime Museum

Unfortunately the Crime Museum at New Scotland Yard is not open to the public, although we do loan some of our exhibits to other museums from time to time. If this is the case, we’ll update these details on this page when necessary.

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