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
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
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.
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
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
Following research by police staff Mark Rothwell, we may be able to shed some more light on to the officers of the Devon & Cornwall forces that served in the First World War; in particular, from Truro City Police (1836 - 1921). Following publication of the original article by volunteer Peter Hinchliffe last year, we were forwarded … Continue reading Remembering our Police Officers who lost their lives in the First World War: Update II
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?
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
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?