Autumn 2021

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Autumn update

It has been good to get back to a nearly normal and welcome visitors back to the office in the Heritage Hub as well as being able to go out and visit people. Talks are restarting, the talk at Winterbourne Medieval Barn entitled 180 Years of the Constabulary was retitled 181 ½ Years of the Constabulary.


As you can see everyone was well spaced out!

We have 2 talks happening in September and October linked to the Gloucestershire Family History Society and Gloucester Local History Society both talks based on helping to find your police ancestors.

We have also provided information for in house events based on identifying not only those who died on duty but those who died in service.


Samuel Beard was the first officer killed on duty in 1861. He was murdered while dealing with theft of sheep in the Forest.


Paul Pursehouse was the last officer killed on duty in 1967 in a Traffic Collision.

We are now at 128 queries for the year so far. Some are very simple and others lead to more and more questions. Often the people who send in the requests are too far away to visit so we have to do a lot of research for them. Our furthest query this quarter was from Canada. As always this information helps us gathering further information for our archives and website.

We still have volunteers working at home on various projects and are hoping that before too long we will be able to welcome them back into the Chester Master Room. We are also recruiting new volunteers so if you are interested drop in and see us (we are usually in the Heritage Hub Monday to Wednesday) or contact us via the Gloucestershire Police Archives Website.

Sue Webb, Gloucestershire Constabulary Archives

Communications and Engagement Department, Gloucestershire Constabulary


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