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

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

Devon Constabulary Officers with HH Sanders

Herbert Hards Sanders – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1917-1929

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

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

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

RCM JENKINS – A Gentleman at War

Robert Cyril Morton Jenkins was Chief Constable of Penzance Borough Police Force between January 1937 and October 1941. Police Staff Mark Rothwell has researched RCM Jenkins' life after becoming inspired by the Stanhope A. Forbes portrait that used to hang in the executive office corridor at Middlemoor (recently re-hung in the Chief Constable's office). Here we have reproduced … Continue reading RCM JENKINS – A Gentleman at War

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?

A great day in York at the Crime and Punishment Collections Network

I've just got back from attending the Crime and Punishment Collections Network (CaP) AGM at York Castle Museum in my role as the group's treasurer. York Castle Museum is a lovely and diverse museum with views from the windows of Clifford's Tower and their First World War exhibition - "1914: when the world changed forever"- … Continue reading A great day in York at the Crime and Punishment Collections Network