Autumn 2018

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Police Archive news

Since the last newsletter we have been busy preparing for the move to the Heritage Hub, attending various events and answering a large number of queries.

The queries range from: Do we have any pictures of the Portable Electronic Traffic Analyser? To why had we not listed Police Constable Albert Cale on our war dead list? In case you are wondering the answer was yes to the first question and this is it

And for the second question by looking in his personnel file we found that ex Police Constable Cale left the force in 1912 and so did not join the military as a serving member of the police force which is why he is not listed.

The events we have attended  - 

the Heritage Hub community open day where as usual the adults were much keener to dress up than their children.


The crown court open day where Stella the staffie made an appearance and Harrison made a great prisoner


The police open day at Waterwells. The picture board was a great draw. The good and the great came. The Chief Constable talking to visitors


We had special exhibits about named officers. One of the visitors found a picture of her grandmother who was one of the early policewomen.


As usual the children enjoyed dressing up.

In South Gloucestershire we also attended the launch of the project: Inspiring Women: The Legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire. The project explores and shares stories about South Gloucestershire’s women to celebrate their achievements today and over the last 100 years. Both Rosa Rouse and Ethel Gale were nominated. Rosa Rouse worked for Bristol City Police and was transferred to Gloucester Constabulary because of her ability to ride a motorbike. She was stationed at Staple Hill for 8 years and dealt with many cases in the 30s. Ethel Gale served in the munitions factories as a member of the Women Police Service during the First World War and the Bath City Police. She joined the Gloucestershire Constabulary and became the first female sergeant.

The team have also been booked to give talks at various events over the winter.

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