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

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

Joseph Davidson Sowerby – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1892-1917

Joseph Davidson Sowerby was the Chief Constable of the Plymouth Borough Police from 1892 to 1917. Inspired by work recently conducted by Plymouth University into offending in the early twentieth century, Police Staff Mark Rothwell has written a piece on his life and career in the Devon & Cornwall Police constituent force. Roman numerals in the text relate … Continue reading Joseph Davidson Sowerby – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1892-1917

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

Celebrating Police Sporting Heritage

Today, 30th September, we join in with celebrating National Sporting Heritage Day 2015 by adding this post, which highlights just a small sample of the wonderful sporting heritage of Devon & Cornwall Police and the constituent forces that formed it. Push Ball Game - May 5th 1927 Push Ball was invented in America in the 1890s as … Continue reading Celebrating Police Sporting Heritage

The J. Hudson and Co. Police Whistle

Police Whistles Inspired by some recent investigative eBay research of police history objects being sold online, it was interesting to see that a very popular item seemed to be the Metropolitan patent J. Hudson & Co. police whistle; a type that we hold multiple versions of within the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police.The J. Hudson … Continue reading The J. Hudson and Co. Police Whistle