Get Involved

There are lots of different ways that you can support us. We’re a a registered charity that relies on the support of the general public to continue its work in collecting, preserving and making accessible its rich collections.

Supporting the Museum through donations, patronage, volunteering, or by becoming members of the Friends of the Museum, significantly helps us to continue offering new exhibitions, grow and conserve the collections, and ensures we can continue engaging the very best in archive and curatorial expertise to study the collections and develop event programmes and public engagement opportunities.

At this ever-evolving, challenging time, we need your support more than ever.


Ensuring that the Museum continues to grow and preserve its collections whilst making them accessible to a wide audience greatly relies on the generosity and support of the public. By making a donation you contribute to safeguarding the collections for future generations to enjoy. Please consider supporting us today. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider filling in our Gift Aid form for your donation. This allows us to claim back the basic rate tax and boosts the value of every donation at no additional cost to you. 

Support us via Amazon Smile
The museum is registered with Amazon smile, which means that 0.5% of eligible purchases will be donated to us by Amazon (at no extra cost to you.) You can search us using our registered name (South West Police Heritage Trust) or charity number (1168731). Please note that we are still in the process of changing our name with the Charity Commission to the Museum of Policing in Devon and Cornwall, hence the use of our old name.

Become a Patron

Becoming a Patron is an opportunity to venture into the archives, meet with police heritage experts and join the dynamic community of the Museum of Policing in Devon and Cornwall. As a Patron you will have opportunities to take private, guided tours of the collections, meet members of the Board and police heritage specialists, and be the first to hear and attend new exhibitions and events.

Corporate Partnerships

With one of the most complete collections of police heritage material anywhere in the UK, the Museum offers corporations a fantastic opportunity to partner with a unique and treasured historical institution in the South West. By sponsoring or partnering with the Museum of Policing in Devon and Cornwall, brands are able to engage and explore the rich policing and social heritage of the landscape they are part of, increase their audience across our communications streams, and partner with us on special exhibitions. If you are a business interested in partnering with us, please get in contact.


Become a member of the Museum of Policing in Devon and Cornwall, and access exclusive content, talks, exhibitions, and more. 

As a member of the Museum, you can enjoy exclusive monthly newsletters, free or discounted access to online and in-person talks by leading heritage professionals and experts covering a range of subjects from archive management to unsolved crimes. Members will have access to a member’s programme of events, private tours of the collection and free or discounted research enquiries into our significant archive spanning over 200 years of policing heritage and social history.  

In detail, Members will receive: 

  • Member exclusive monthly newsletters.
  • Discounted research services – 10% discount on up to 5 research enquiries per year.
  • Exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content – discover the work of our volunteers, interviews with our team, and learn from experts in the field.
  • Free entry to lectures from experts on a huge range of topics surrounding policing heritage and the social history of Devon and Cornwall.
  • Priority booking for the year’s events, including tours of the collection (virtual or in-person, as allows), roaming exhibitions, talks, workshops, and more.

So, what are you waiting for! Join us as a member today!  

To sign up as a member, please click here.

For more information, please contact the Museum:

To read our Membership Terms and Conditions please click here.


Volunteers are the backbone of the Museum, without whom we would not be able to progress our key objective of unlocking our collections to an intergenerational audience. Volunteers provide invaluable support in areas of cataloguing, preservation, administration support, social media engagement, community fundraising, curatorial assistance, and much, much more. It is because of our volunteers that we have such a vibrant network of support committed to ensuring the long-term safeguarding of our collections. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch.

Add to the collection

The historic collections or the Museum are growing as we continue to identify, collect and preserve policing heritage from across Devon and Cornwall. If you have items of policing history that you would like to donate to the collection, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Interested in joining the force?

If the history of policing in Devon and Cornwall has inspired you, why not join its future – check out Working for Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police | Devon and Cornwall Police ( for new and upcoming vacancies, and add to our history.

Positions Available

The Museum currently has no vacancies.