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Last updated: 12/06/2019, 2:10 PM

London History Day a roaring success for pop-up museum

12/06/2019 10:31

Over 300 people visited the London Fire Brigade pop-up museum to celebrate London History Day on 31st May.

Visitors explored LFB’s history at the special event, learning all about the role of the fire service in London during the Blitz (1940-41).


Learning through storytelling

An interactive storytelling workshop saw an auxiliary firewoman, in full uniform, staging some brilliant recruitment drives, and explaining to visitors the importance of messengers during the war.

Model making

Lots of visitors got involved to help make a cardboard model of London during the Blitz, creating houses, churches, factories and office blocks. The model also featured St Paul’s Cathedral, which was saved from countless attempts to destroy it through the dedication of not only the fire service, but the brave fire watchers who patrolled its roof nightly.

If you would like to see the finished model, it is currently on display at our pop-up museum.

Fire safety zone

London Fire Brigade’s fire safety team were also there on the day to talk about fire prevention and safety in the home and at work. They provided advice about cooking safely, making a fire plan and the importance of smoke alarms.

Some visitors were able to try out our new Virtual Reality headsets, showing them incidents involving pedestrians, motorists and motorcyclists, raising awareness of road safety for all road users!

Plans for the future

Also at the event was information about the proposed development at the Albert Embankment site, which includes a new permanent LFB museum, and a new fire station for Lambeth.

Big plans for Lambeth – new museum and fire station

Take a look at what’s proposed and show your support.

More about the plans