Museums and Archives

Heritage Centre

Useful links

Museums and archives

Links to museums and resource sites with archive material.

Royal Military Police

The RMP Museum is part of a network of museums on the site, including the D-Day map room, the Royal Navy Police Museum and the Royal Air Force Police Museum.


Thames Police Association

This site aims to give an insight into the history of the policing of the River Thames. It also gives information on the exhibits, which may be found in the small museum located at Wapping police station, which for more than two centuries has been the headquarters of the River Police. The museum is housed in the old carpenters workshop and is administered by the Thames Police Association.

The National Archives

A guide to researching the Metropolitan Police family history at the National Archives.


City of London Library and archives

A library and resource site from the City of London.
There is also The City of London Police Museum.


The British Newspaper Archive

One place and you can access hundreds of newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland.


Brynn Elliott - Historian - Police Archive

This very informative website is a mix of police and aviation, in particular the North Weald Airfield Museum, related biographies that sit alongside historical stories and images to offer visitors a range of subjects that can be dipped into at will. A great source of archive police material.

British Pathe Newsreel Archive

A source of archive newsreels. In addition, click here for a guide to around 200 police newsreels by Ron Smith.


Cyndi's List

This has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years.  Cyndi's List is free for everyone to use and it is a great place to start when researching online.


Mary Evans Picture Library

An excellent resource for historical photographs.



This includes 3 specific areas:
Court, Government & Criminal Records;
Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Military Records

Police History Society

It contains a useful list of all police museums.


Kent Police Museum

The Police Museum was started as a collection of Police memorabilia in the 1960s by officers who felt there was a need to show their history. In 1992, in response to the need for more office space, the museum had to be dismantled, and its contents stored in boxes. It can now be found at the Historic Dockyard, Boiler House No. 3.

Crime and Punishment Collections Network

CaP is a network of museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites concerned with the topic of crime and punishment. They aim to represent, promote and assist museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites which either hold collections or manage sites related to the topic of criminal justice.

The Museum of Crime - Black Museum

For an insight to what the public can't see.  There is also a Facebook page.


131st Field Regiment Royal Artillery (unofficial)

This website has been built as a memorial to those who lost their lives serving in the regiment and also as an information resource for those who wish to learn more.


Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘war-time experience’.

Friends of the Queensland Police Museum, Australia

This is a passionate and committed group devoted to the advancement of the Queensland Police Museum and to the enhancement and effective sharing of knowledge concerning the history of policing in Queensland, Australia.

British Association of Friends of Museums

BAfM is there to help, encourage, inform and advise Friends, supporters and volunteers of museums, galleries, and other cultural organisations in all sections of our UK heritage



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