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Contact us to enquire about donating an object into our collection!
Thinking of donating an item into our collection? Please read the following for advice on what to do.
What do we collect?
The Heritage Centre collects material with a link to history of the South Wales Police and its predecessor forces in Glamorgan, Cardiff, Merthyr, Neath and Swansea. We like to collect objects that have interesting histories, personal stories and memories associated with them.
About your donation
When you contact us it would be helpful if you could provide us with as much information about your object as possible - i.e. its history and any other memories or stories associated with it. We would be grateful if you could provide the following:
Background information – brief summary including any personal stories and how the object relates to the history of South Wales Police and its predecessor forces
How you acquired the object
Dates and/or events and incidents associated with the object
A photograph of the object
Please tell us if you have any photographs of the object in operation/use
Once you have contacted us, a member of the team will get in touch and we may ask for more information. Once a decision is reached we will contact you to either accept or decline your offer. If your donation is suitable for our collection we will arrange to meet with you to collect the object and we will ask you to sign a transfer of title form, which legally transfers the object into our care.
Please note: Whilst the Heritage Centre greatly appreciates offers of donation, it is not always possible for us to accept everything offered.
Every item is considered carefully in relation to our existing collections.
Oral history donations: help us tell the story of the South Wales Police and its predecessor forces!
Are you a former officer or police staff member? If so – we would love to hear from you. Email: [email protected] with ‘story donation’ in the subject line.
Glamorgan Archives in Cardiff holds the records of the South Wales Police and its predecessor forces in Glamorgan, Cardiff and Merthyr. The Archives also holds the force’s photographic collection and historical quarter sessions records. If you wish to enquire about our police records please contact Glamorgan Archives via:
Glamorgan Archives has produced a selection of research guides on popular subjects and series of records to help you get started in your research. Their guide to police records is available to download here:
The West Glamorgan Archive Service in Swansea holds the records of both the Neath and Swansea Borough Police forces. The Archive Service also holds quarter session records. You can contact West Glamorgan Archive Service via: