Ironically, it was proposed to utilise the former public toilets on the London Road in Brandon for the Heritage Centre. However a building eminently more suitable to house Brandon’s heritage was secured, when in December 1989, Forest Heath District Council purchased the former fire station on George Street. The new fire station was relocated directly opposite in George Street, in brand new purpose-built premises and then followed a flurry of activity to turn the old fire station into the Heritage Centre.
In 2017 the Centre almost took its last breath as visitor numbers were down, many of the volunteers had passed away, but a final rallying call was made and the centre saved.
With a keen group of volunteers, visitor numbers have increased and with lots of hard work the displays have been updated to modern standards.
The word "Ironically" was used at the start of this description, and here is why. We need to raise funds to bring the toilet up to standard for everyone to use. One of our exhibitors, an ex fireman told us we still have the toilet and sink that was here when he was a retained firefighter in the 1970's. So, as you can imagine, an upgrade is so important.
If we don't update the restroom facilities they are in danger of becoming part of the heritage displays!