The Peel Society was founded in 1979 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Metropolitan Police Service.

It is a national, non-political historical society, and is a registered charity no. 509865.

The society promotes the study of the life, works and times of Sir Robert Peel and the Peel family. Its main objective was to establish and run a museum of Peel and police artefacts, which has now been achieved and is located at Middleton Hall, Tamworth, not far from Drayton Manor which was the Peel family home and is now a theme park, the manor house itself having been demolished.

The society has an active committee and membership. Since establishment it has brought to Tamworth speakers of national and international importance to talk on subjects related to Sir Robert Peel and the period in which he lived. It produces exhibitions of information and artefacts on Peel related subjects, publishes books and pamphlets, and can assist students and other interested parties with their research.

The society's speakers visit outside groups  to give a range of talks related to the well-known Sir Robert Peel, political history of that time, establishment of the Metropolitan Police and evolution of the police service in general, plus explaining the reason why there are so many statues of Sir Robert situated around the Country, including one in Westminster Abbey and another in Parliament Square:- this was not just his setting up of our police service, but just as importantly Peel's reform of the unfair Corn Laws!

We have visited schools and colleges in the past to give related talks, where our speakers often dressed as 'Peelers' which tended to hold the attention of the younger pupils for longer, but retirements mean that regrettably we can no longer carry out this service. However, we would welcome anyone wanting to join us who might wish to take over this very enjoyable and valuable activity for the benefit of our schoolchildren. Full training and mentoring can be given.

Similarly, we would love to hear from anyone who might want to help us with the museum, which has an interesting display of both Peel and Police-related items and equipment on display. The museum is inside Middleton Hall and open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm from Easter until October. 

Please address any communications to the Secretary via email at: Thank you.



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