Summer 2019

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

A busy few weeks

The Police archives have attended Gloucestershire Family History Society’s 40th anniversary event, and the South Gloucestershire Heritage Partnership Meeting. We also provided a display for the International Women’s day event in Headquarters.


The display at GFHS 40th anniversary and Sue Webb talking to members of the public.

The team have also been busy preparing for the move to the Heritage Hub which will take place on 31st July and we will then have a Police Archives presence in the hub for several days a week. We are looking for some new volunteers if anyone is interested they can contact us through the website.  

The next few months will see us preparing for the Force Open Day on the 14th September as well as talking to groups across the county  Cheltenham, Prestbury, Chipping Campden to name but a few. The Cirencester Emergency Services event on 31st May is coming up we will be there in the afternoon as well as for the evening service.


The entrance to and the inside of the new Police Archive office called the Chester-Master Room

This room is named after Lieutenant Colonel Richard Chester Chester–Master (1870-1917), Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary from 1910-1917. While in post, Chester-Master oversaw some significant events such as the first use of motor vehicles in the Force and the registration of several hundred special constables as part of the war effort. He had been a Major in the army before becoming Chief Constable, and was recalled to his regiment in 1915. He was killed in action on 30 August 1917 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. You can learn more about him here:

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