Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust

On 12th July 2017 the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust opened its museum in Southampton. The museum was set up thanks to the generous support of Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Southampton Police Club Trust Fund. The museum is located on the second floor of the Solent Sky Museum, Albert Road South, Southampton, SO14 3FR. It is open seven days a week. The collection includes many artifacts not previously seen, along with photographs and story boards detailing the history of the Force.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm


Second floor of the Solent Sky Museum
Albert Road South, Southampton, SO14 3FR

Admission Prices

Includes full access to Solent Sky Museum

Adults – £7.50
Concessions – £6.00
Children – (5 – 16) £5.00
Family ticket – £17.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)


02380 635830

Located in the Solent Sky Museum...

Officer on horseback exhibit - Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust Collection
Hampshire Police motorcycle museum exhibit - Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust Collection
Hampshire Police riot uniform exhibit - Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust Collection
Various Police museum exhibits - Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust Collection


  1. Is there someone there this week? I’m told that there isn’t always anyone present. I would like to see the photo archive for a specific event in 1970.

    • Sorry Steve, only just picked this up. There is no photo archive at the Museum. What was the incident and I will see if I can help.

  2. My late father PC John Henry Alan Dudin (JHAD)was a member of Portsmouth City Police in 1930s, 40s & 50s. Born 1910, died 2001)
    I have a Portsmouth City Police belt that I could photograph if of any interest.
    JHAD was a beat constable in 1930s and also drove the Police Ambulance, joined army when WW2 broke out and rose to rank of Captain. Re-joined in 1945 and was variously Bridewell jailer, in control room at Kent Road, motorcycle rider and finally before retirement in circa 1957/58 was Coroner’s Officer. One of the last Coroner’s Officers to be a Police Officer.
    I have various memories of what JHAD told me if these are of any interest.
    A name from JHAD’s time was Jack Handcock. Very large and had to have a specially modified bicycle.
    Somewhere I have photos of JHAD circa mid 1950sas motor cycle rider.
    Hope this is of interest.

  3. Hi. I have Southampton Police beat map from around 1940. It is 6ft x6ft which I am selling.
    I thourght I would see if you are intrested.

  4. Trying to ascertain the manner in which a William Dowler police truncheon would have had the leather strap attached to the artefact. Do you have a William Dowler wooden truncheon in the museum with the original strap intact?

  5. My great Grandfather (john Ashton Sawyer) was chief Fireman and freeman of the city of Winchester circa 1936 – I am enquiring as to whether or not you have his helmet still and if you could take a photo of it in situ for my mother who is unable to visit. Many thanks, Sarah-Jane Longbottom

    • Hi Sarah-Jane, We are aware he was the Chief Fire Officer, but we have no knowledge of his helmet. Do you remember who you gave it to?

    • Hi Gary, 677 Police Officers went off to fight for their country. Thirty nine of these lost their lives on active duty. A further 10 Police officers were killed on duty in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and a further 13 due to enemy action whilst off duty. Hope this helps.

  6. Hello, I’m trying to find out about exactly when the 999 number came into use in & around Hampshire; can you help? Many thanks.

  7. Hello, whilst clearing some of my mother-in-laws bits and pieces after her recent sad death, I found two large framed pictures. One was of her late uncle (Sgt Edwin Henry Norris) Bournemouth Police and the other a certificate, on his retirement in 1929, when he was ‘Hackney Carriage Inspector’ (1924-29), this was signed by the mayor. If these are of any use to the museum we would like to donate them. Regards Mark

  8. Hi,
    Can you tell me whether you are operating a system similar to the Royal Navy where previous serving members can make contact with each other?

    Many thanks.

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