The London Fire Brigade (LFB) museum holds historical data that can be used for research information. We will respond to any enquiries about our collection. We hold some early service records and other details about operational life.
We also have a separate research room where you can come and carry out your own research under the supervision of museum staff.
We can also carry out research for you free of charge. A service record is charged at £5.00 and photocopying is charged at 10p per copy.
Contact us by post or email and remember to provide your contact details. The museum receives many enquiries, so it may take a few weeks before any research takes place. All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence.
London Fire Brigade Museum
94 A Southwark Bridge Road
London, SE1 0EG
The LFB museum holds information on our ex-employees and some staff from organisations that preceded the LFB, some of this dates back to the 1860s.
A film commissioned by the museum can now be viewed by visitors. It shows a series of interviews with 10 former National Fire Service personnel who served in World War II. It is a unique, personal insight into how they were recruited to the Brigade, and what wartime conditions were like. The interviews relate in particular to how fires were tackled during the Blitz, and the other important and varied roles people played.
The film lasts for around one hour. Please contact the museum to find out more information and arrange a viewing.
We have a large collection of books, journals and loose-leaf documents spanning the history of the LFB, from the Great Fire of 1666, the Victorian period, to World War II and up to the 1970s.
The St Florian Collection focuses on fire science, safety and engineering. It contains technical reference books and journals, as well as historical publications and information on UK and overseas fire services.
To use either of the library collections, please contact the museum to arrange an appointment.
If you are a relative or an ex-employee interested in service history information, we may be able to help you.
If you want information from 1860 to 1920, you need to contact the museum. If you want information from 1920 to the present day, you need to contact Records Services. Please use the right email address below.
When making your request, please give any information you have that might assist us in locating the right records. You should give us:
Policies protect the nature of information that can be released and also who it can be released to.