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From crafting fire engine greetings cards and exploring fire brigade uniforms from a by-gone era to meeting one of our four-legged fire investigators - there was heaps to do at London Fire Brigade’s pop-up museum this summer.
Nearly 800 people visited during two dedicated family fun days at the museum, in the Workshop, Lambeth High Street, over the summer holidays.
As well as special displays and talks about the history of the fire brigade, crews from a nearby fire station dropped by and showcased a current fire engine, firefighting equipment and our latest uniform. Fire investigation dog Simba also proved a paw-fect guest, demonstrating to visitors how he is trained to sniff out the causes of fire.
Our pop-up museum is open all year round with exhibits exploring the history of the Brigade. As well as holding special events it also hosts school visits and is open to drop-in visitors every week, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Museum curator Jane Stern said: “It was fantastic to be able to open up our pop-up museum to families from across London and beyond and share with them our incredible history. It was also great to see crews there and Simba, who proved a very popular real-life exhibit! We will be holding more family fun days in the future so please check out our website to plan your visit. ”
A proposal for a permanent London Fire Brigade Museum is part of plans recently submitted to Lambeth Council by London Fire Brigade and our development partners U+I.
The plans will also deliver a new modern fire station for Lambeth residents and Londoners as well as 417 new homes – with a significant proportion of shared ownership and low-cost rent homes – and new workspaces supporting over 1,250 jobs. Subject to planning permission being granted by Lambeth Council, the museum is expected to open in 2023.