London Fire Brigade

School visits

Our museum is the only organisation in the world dedicated to telling the stories and preserving the memories of firefighters and firefighting in London over the last 350 years.

While our museum is being redeveloped, we will be hosting our school sessions in our new pop-up museum space at The Workshop, Lambeth High Street. This provides the perfect place for primary school pupils to learn about the history of firefighting in the capital while in the setting of one of our former buildings and based behind our old headquarters on Albert Embankment.

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Storytelling

In partnership with the Museum of London, our storytelling sessions draw on the events of the Great Fire of London of 1666.

A professional storyteller will reveal the dramatic story using interactive, dynamic and fun techniques. Children will hear how the fire started and the events as they unfolded, helping to bring the people, places and history to life.

History handling workshop

This interactive session is led by a museum curator and uses a variety of objectives from the last 350 years to show how firefighting has changed over the years.

Students are encouraged to help our curator match equipment and uniforms to the correct time period, followed by group discussions around objects that pupils can handle and then identify what they may have been used for.

The students will be encouraged to think about the properties and materials that have been used for firefighting and why some are better than others.

Curriculum learning

Our sessions cover the following areas of the Key Stage 1 curriculum:

History

  • changes within living memory
  • events beyond living memory
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

Science

  • asking simple questions and recognising they can be answered in different ways
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • distinguish between an object and the material it is made from
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials
  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
  • identify the suitability of a variety of everyday materials

How to book a session

To book one of the dates below contact our museum curators on 020 8555 1200 (ext. 30765 or ext. 30766) or email museum@london-fire.gov.uk.


Visits must be booked in advance. 

Sessions are held at 10:30am and 1pm and last approximately 90 minutes.

The dates available are:

  • 27 September   
  • 4 October
  • 5 October
  • 11 October
  • 12 October
  • 18 October
  • 19 October
  • 22 November
  • 23 November
  • 29 November
  • 6 December

Sessions cost £85 (excluding VAT) for a class of up to 35 students, which is non-refundable if cancelled within a month of your visit.  

We do not charge for accompanying adults and we recommend teachers follow their own school's policy with regards to the adult-to-child ratio. Adults are required to remain with the class throughout the session.

If you require a risk assessment to be sent to you, please contact the museum directly and we will provide you with one.

Please note all our public spaces are located on the ground floor and there are no lunch room facilities available.

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