Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives

57a Newton Street, Manchester, , M1 1ET

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The Museum was founded in 1981. Funded by Greater Manchester Police, it not only collects and preserves archive material and objects relating to the history of policing in the Greater Manchester area, but acts as an important resource for community engagement, where visitors can talk to staff and volunteers about policing.

GMP Museum holds primary and secondary source information about the history and development Greater Manchester policing. The archive holdings are a mix of records – both official and personal.

The holdings fall into four main categories:-

  • Personnel service records for police officers, including personal memorabilia
  • Manuals and handbooks relating to police work and administrative records
  • Records relating to the governing bodies of police forces prior to 1974
  • Registers of Aliens residing in Salford from 1914 to 1969

How to get access to the archive – Use of the archive is by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (during term-time) and Fridays.


  • Initial enquiry – FREE
  • Archive images – £10 each
  • Alien Register transcriptions – from £3
  • Personal record transcriptions – £5
  • Photocopies – 50p each

Opening Times

Open Tuesdays* 10:30am - 3:30pm 
*last admission 3:00pm


Free admission

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