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

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

Community Consultation: what did we learn?

As a part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Start Up Grant awarded in August 2014, the Policing Past Community Present project performed two main forms of community consultation between February 2015 and March 2015 in order to find out public opinions on the future of the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police. This research is intended … Continue reading Community Consultation: what did we learn?

The Project So Far – In Pictures

As we're nearing the end of Stage One of our Heritage Lottery Fund Start-Up Grant project, Policing Past Community Present, we thought we'd share with you today some images from the last six months. The final part of this stage is to hold Focus Groups and a Consultation Survey, which we will use to gather … Continue reading The Project So Far – In Pictures

Would you be interested in helping our project?

Policing Past Community Present is a new project working with and developing the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police in a way that will create a clear social mission for policing heritage.  Intellectually, the project aims to challenge the stereo-typical image of museums of crime and punishment and show that, interpreted with sensitivity and … Continue reading Would you be interested in helping our project?