In late 2015 at a meeting of the Southampton Heritage Foundation the owner of Solent Sky Museum, Alan Jones, made a remarkable and generous offer to his fellow committee member, Alan House, a former Deputy Chief Fire Officer. Alan Jones said that due to the relocation of the Air Training Corps, he had a large area of his museum that he wanted to offer as a museum space for a Fire Service Museum. Alan House, aware that Hampshire Constabulary History Society was also looking for a new home, asked if he could extend the offer to them to form a joint display area. This was agreed and contact was made with former Chief Superintendent Derek Stevens, the Curator of the Police historic collection.
As a result the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust was established when the Curators of the Police and Fire historic collections formally agreed to set up a shared museum space at Solent Sky Museum in Southampton. Both services had previously set up museums to showcase the history of their respective services. However in recent years both Museums had been forced to close due to operational requirements for additional space. Both collections were put into storage.