London Fire Brigade

London primary schools invited for ‘Great Fire’ lessons at a modern day fire station

30 September 2016

Teachers now have the unique opportunity to book interactive storytelling sessions for Key Stage 1 school children at a modern day fire station.

This year marks 350 years since the Great Fire of London and the lessons will give children the opportunity to learn about the capital's most famous fire from a professional storyteller and find out about firefighting in the Victorian era right through to the present day.

On Monday 10 October Shadwell Fire station, which was recently refurbished and opened by HRH Prince Charles, will open its doors to school groups on a weekly basis. 

The interactive and fun storytelling sessions include a hands-on workshop where pupils will have the opportunity to handle the Brigade museum's collection of firefighter uniforms from across the ages.

The museum's curator, Jane Rugg, who will be leading the interactive sessions, said: "We're offering a chance to immerse the children in our capital's fascinating history. 

"We will provide the opportunity for children to handle museum artefacts so they can see for themselves how firefighting has evolved. 

"The children will be able to identify what makes good materials to fight fires and when the objects might have been used by the Brigade.

"London is a resilient place and learning about how it rose from the ashes is an inspiring story for future generations. 

"Who knows, thanks to the outreach programme, we may well ignite a child's imagination and nurture some future firefighters."

Book your session

To book or find out more information call 020 8555 1200 (ext 39894) or email:

Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and are designed for classes of up to 35 pupils.

For anyone wanting to find out more about the Brigade's rich history a new temporary London Fire Brigade museum will be opening later this autumn at the old headquarters at 8 Albert Embankment in Lambeth.

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