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Our museum is on the move

From temporary pop-up, to a state of the art, permanent museum.

Where are we going?

London Fire Brigade is busy planning a new, state of the art museum which is due to open in 2023. The museum will be part of LFB’s old headquarters, a beautiful Grade II listed building right on the bank of the Thames! These plans form part of the larger 8 Albert Embankment redevelopment.

The new museum will showcase our unique and exciting history with brand new galleries, offer a huge variety of events and activities for all ages and allow even more of LFB’s incredible collection of historic vehicles and artefacts to be put on display. 

Architect's impression of new London Fire Brigade Museum

Have your say on the plans

The planning application for the 8 Albert Embankment redevelopment has now been submitted to Lambeth Council.

What's proposed?

The proposals for the site are to retain and restore the Grade II listed building, deliver a modern fire station for Lambeth and a permanent home for our museum.

The new museum will:

  • be larger and more accessible
  • protect the history of London Fire Brigade
  • preserve and display more of our extensive collection of artefacts, historic vehicles and archives in a larger and more flexible exhibition space
  • maintain a vital link to the current brigade via its position next to the fully-operational Lambeth Fire Station
  • create public access for the first time to a listed building of great significance, including the previously inaccessible Memorial Hall
  • allow us to expand our educational programme, with a designated learning centre, to reach thousands of school children every year
  • offer a huge variety of events and activities for all ages

There are also plans to create new homes, workspaces and to enliven Lambeth High Street with new public spaces, retail space, a rooftop restaurant and many other local benefits.

How you can show your support

We’re asking you to take the time to let Lambeth Council know your views. They will consider all comments they receive from the public and your feedback will help to inform the Planning Committee’s decision.

We hope that you’ll be able to provide us with your support via the options below.

  • Online
Planning application for 8 Albert Embankment
  • Email – via planning@lambeth.gov.uk (please quote the planning application number: 19/01304/FUL and 19/01305/LB)
  • Post – send a letter to Lambeth’s planning department using the following address: Planning, London Borough of Lambeth, Civic Centre, 3rd Floor, 6 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1EG
  • Template letter - we’d encourage you to write your own response, but you can use the template below if you prefer, or use it as a starting point

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Why did we need to move?

In September 2015 the London Fire Brigade (LFB) Museum was closed to the public following a London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) decision that the museum should form part of the plans for the 8 Albert Embankment development. In the summer of 2016 the museum collection was placed into long-term storage for a five year period, awaiting the redevelopment of the new museum.

The Workshop - our temporary home

In November 2016 a temporary pop-up museum was opened in The Workshop, formally LFB’s vehicle workshop, to enable visitors to learn about the history of the Brigade and for the museum to keep in touch with its visitors. The Workshop is also home to a range of innovative art organisations, charities and start up businesses.