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.

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

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

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?