Introducing: The Met Collection

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There was cause for celebration at Empress State Building earlier today as Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, unveiled the latest addition to the capital’s impressive array of museums. Known as the ‘Met Collection’, this new attraction profiles the almost two hundred year-old history of the Metropolitan Police through a diverse range of historical items including uniforms, equipment, maps and medals. Presently run by volunteers, the collection is free to enter and will be open between 10am-4pm every weekday.

Speculation continues as to whether or not Boris will create a blue light museum but this collection represents the end of a long struggle by the Friends o the Met Police Historical Commission to create such an exhibit and is undoubtedly a more family friendly alternative to the Black Museum, which some still believe should be opened to the public.

The Collection’s exhibits will be periodically changed to showcase different items from the 15,000 strong collection currently in storage and we’ll be expecting one restraining order to be awarded to the first visitor approaching a display of truncheons intoning, “‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, what’s all this then?”

By Caroline Roddis

The Met Collection is a two minute walk from West Brompton tube station and is open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri. Admission is free.

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