Welcome to the home of the Peel Society on the web.

The Peel Society was founded in 1979 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Metropolitan Police Force.  It is a national, non-political, historical society which is a registered charity.  The Society promotes the study of the life, works and times of Sir Robert Peel and the Peel Family.  Its major objective is to establish a Peel and Police Museum.

The society has an active committee and membership.  It brings 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 numerous exhibitions of information and artifacts on Peel related subjects.  Educational information is prepared and many enquiries from students and other interested parties, locally, nationally and internationally are addressed. Members visit places of interest connected with the Peel family and various commemorative functions are held.  In recent years the 150th Anniversary of Peel's "Tamworth Manifesto", the first election manifesto to be issued, and the 200th Anniversary of the great statesmans's birth were each commemorated.


Sir Robert Peel

Sir Robert Peel, is remembered for many notable Acts of Parliament and policies, such as the founding of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 and in the same year, Catholic Emancipation. In 1834, he issued the first party political manifesto, known as the "Tamworth Manifesto". This accepted the Reform Act of 1832, thus establishing the precedent that a new party in power accepts its predecessors' legislation. In his great administration of 1841-1846, he repealed the Corn Laws, which enabled the growing working class to enjoy cheaper food.

Sir Robert Peel was responsible for policemen being called "Bobbies" and "Peelers"

Robert Peel

 

The Peel Family

The account was written almost 150-years ago, and gives a contemporary picture of the Peel Family, as published in Hoggs' Instructor in the Autumn of 1852, within two years of the death of Prime Minister Peel.

It also shows the huge numbers of Peels even at that time, an indication of how difficult it is now to trace ancestry back to Sir Robert Peel, a request often put to us, and one which the Peel Society, unfortunately, are not in a position to do.

The Peel Family

 

The Museum Appeal

The Peel Society is seeking to establish in Tamworth a national Memorial to Sir Robert Peel, Second Baronet which celebrates the life and work of Sir Robert Peel and the period in which he lived.

The Society has acquired a fascinating collection of items of historical importance and it has within it the expertise to plan and establish a Museum. We need considerable financial support to complete such a major project.

Museum Appeal