Archive digitisation project with the Devon Family History Society

We are delighted to announce our upcoming project with the Devon Family History Society, who will be working with us to digitise our oldest nominal rolls from Devon in the coming months. The images and indexes, once produced, will be available both on the Devon Family History Society website (membership required to access) and via … Continue reading Archive digitisation project with the Devon Family History Society

Barnstaple 1920 Group

Remembering Our Police Officers Who Went To War – Barnstaple Borough Police

In 2014 historian Peter Hinchcliffe reported on the officers of Devon and Cornwall that resigned to enlist with the Army during the First World War in his article commemorating those who lost their life in the conflict. As established in Peter’s previous article it was thought that no officers from the Barnstaple Borough Police resigned … Continue reading Remembering Our Police Officers Who Went To War – Barnstaple Borough Police

Invitation to Witness Seminar – Post-PACE: Police and Policing in the South West

Post-PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act): Police and Policing in the South West 28 April 2016 Plymouth University On behalf of the Law School at Plymouth University, the South West Police Heritage Trust, and the Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College London, we would like to invite you to join the audience and participate in … Continue reading Invitation to Witness Seminar – Post-PACE: Police and Policing in the South West

PPCP in the BAfM Journal – January 2016

The Friends of the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heritage & Learning Resource submitted articles detailing the progress of the Policing Past Community Present Project to the British Association of Friends of Museums, which were included in their Winter 2015/16 Journal. This also included a reproduction of the article on Devon & Cornwall Police's sporting heritage … Continue reading PPCP in the BAfM Journal – January 2016

Hidden Stories from the Collection: Police Cutlasses in Cornwall

Held within the Historic Collections of Devon and Cornwall Police, but on display in Truro Police station (moved into the new station site in 2014), are a set of six cutlasses, believed to date from around 1857. These are particularly interesting as we have been searching for many years to find information on their provenance, and whether or not we can securely date them to the mid-nineteeth century.

Trustees Sought for South West Police Heritage Trust

Advert – Shadow Board/Trustees Salary - N/A Location - Exeter (for initial meetings) As a part of its Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Policing Past Community Present’ project, Devon and Cornwall Police are seeking to appoint a shadow board to work with the force and the Friends of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Heritage and Learning Resource to … Continue reading Trustees Sought for South West Police Heritage Trust

Devon Constabulary Officers with HH Sanders

Herbert Hards Sanders – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1917-1929

Few Chief Constables of the United Kingdom could claim to have found the time to serve the public as both public servants and philanthropists. Even in the face of dreadful poverty, serious crime and a significant upheaval in his force‘s history, Herbert Hards Sanders did this and more. Police Staff Mark Rothwell has researched the life of the … Continue reading Herbert Hards Sanders – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1917-1929

Remembering Our Police Officers Who Lost Their Lives In The First World War – One Year On

Last year, Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police Heritage & Learning Resource volunteer Peter Hinchliffe researched a piece on the officers of the Devon & Cornwall Police constituent forces who lost their lives in the First World War.  As Peter noted, this was a particularly tricky piece of research for a variety of reasons; … Continue reading Remembering Our Police Officers Who Lost Their Lives In The First World War – One Year On

Visiting Police Museums and Collections

Over the last two weeks, Project Assistant Carmen has been visiting various police collections across the country to gain insight into how these museums/exhibitions are run, and what we can learn in planning for the future of the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police. Here are a few images from the places she visited. … Continue reading Visiting Police Museums and Collections