London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade Museum Open Day

01 August 2011

Fire fighting through the ages - London Fire Brigade Museum opens its doors

Did you know that during Victorian times firefighters had to live at fire stations with their families and their children cleaned uniforms and fire engines? Or that Edward VII used to attend incidents and had his own special Brigade uniform?

Discover more fascinating facts like these when one of the capital’s best kept secrets, the London Fire Brigade Museum, throws open its doors to the public for free on Friday 5 August.

As well as charting the long and illustrious history of the London Fire Brigade, there will be the chance to view a range of firefighting equipment dating from the Great Fire of London to the present day. The museum also has a collection of fire engines, ranging from manual pumps from the 1700s to modern day vehicles.

Talks and demonstrations will be held throughout the day. Instructors from the Brigade’s training school will be giving an insight into what is required of a modern day firefighter, the fire investigation team will be bringing in their fire dogs and the Brigade’s Schools Team will be talking to children about fire safety.

Museum Curator Jane Rugg said: “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors of all ages to the museum. The open day will provide a great opportunity for people to learn about the life of a firefighter from the earliest insurance brigades to the experiences of firefighters today.

Entry to the Museum Open day is free and doors will be open between 10am and 3pm.

Notes to editors:

• The Brigade’s Schools Team will be talking to children between 11am- 11.30am, 12pm-12.30pm and 1pm-1.30pm.

• An instructor from the Brigade’s Southwark Training Centre will be talking to visitors between10.30am-11am and 2pm-2.30pm.

• The Brigade’s Fire Investigation Team dogs will making appearances throughout the day, along with their handlers.

Visit the London Fire Brigade museum page for more information.