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Middlemoor Nov 18

First World War Armistice Commemoration: 1918 – 2018

The decision to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with a special Armistice Event was made in the summer of 2017 following an informal discussion between Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Police Staff Mark Rothwell. The vast archives of the Devon & Cornwall Police historic collection (known as the South West Police Heritage … Continue reading First World War Armistice Commemoration: 1918 – 2018

Archive digitisation project update

In May 2017 we signed an agreement with the Devon Family History Society (DFHS) that allowed them to digitise a selection of our archives. This is an exciting project for us, as with our limited resources (access, equipment and people), it is something we would not be able to do in-house. Many of the enquiries … Continue reading Archive digitisation project update

Looking back at Devon and Cornwall Police’s 50th Anniversary

On 1st June 1967, Devon and Exeter Constabulary, Cornwall County Constabulary and Plymouth City Police amalgamated to become Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. Last year was the combined force's 50th birthday. To celebrate the event, last summer we challenged ourselves to find an image from each of the 50 years of Devon and Cornwall Police to share … Continue reading Looking back at Devon and Cornwall Police’s 50th Anniversary

Trust AGM

South West Police Heritage Trust   NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING   Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the South West Police Heritage Trust will be held at Devon and Cornwall Police, HQ Fowey Suite, Midllemoor, Exeter, EX2 7HQ at 3.45pm on 19th June 2017. Please let David Rees d.rees47@btinternet.com or … Continue reading Trust AGM

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.