Help us build London Fire Brigade Museum

by London Fire Brigade Museum in London, England, United Kingdom

£7,945

£100,000 target 77 days left
7% 142 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st August 2021 at 9:00am

Help us raise the final 20% of our target to build a world-class London Fire Brigade Museum in central London.

by London Fire Brigade Museum in London, England, United Kingdom

A new London Fire Brigade Museum – building the best

We need your help to bring London Fire Brigade’s amazing museum collection to life and protect it for future generations.

Our state-of-the-art museum will:

  • Explore the history of the Brigade, from the Great Fire of London to present day
  • Provide a glimpse into the working Fire Station right next door
  • Celebrate the inspirational people who have kept London safe
  • Commemorate the firefighters who lost their lives in service, including during the First and Second World Wars
  • Educate and inspire the next generation of firefighters and Fire Brigade fans, young and old alike

Artist's impression of museum visitors looking at historic fire engines.

Why we need your help

We’ve already raised 80% of the funding we need for the new museum, but now we need to raise the final 20% for the project by August 2021 in order for us to secure our grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Coronavirus pandemic has of course made it much harder to fundraise, and that’s why we’re asking you to help us reach our goal by buying one (or more!) of the exclusive rewards or experiences that we’re offering. We have some very exciting and unique opportunities to choose from which we’ll fulfil as soon as it’s safe to do so, following all government guidance and health and safety regulations. Hopefully this won’t be too far away now, so please do sign up and donate to make our new museum a reality.

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Education

We’re aiming to engage with as many schools and families in the new museum as we can. Children will not only learn about our past but also our present – they’ll be able to see current equipment and uniforms, and get an exclusive glimpse into an active fire station - hopefully inspiring young people to aim for a career in the Brigade.

The new museum will triple our capacity for educational visits, allowing us to run interactive workshops about the Great Fire of London, World War Two, Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM), Citizenship and health and fitness. 

We’ll also visit schools who can’t come to the museum, in outer London boroughs or those with more vulnerable children.

All of our visits and outreach sessions will include fire safety education, because we want to help make London a safer city, and highlight the wider role the Brigade plays in prevention, protection and community safety.

Artist's impression of the memorial hall.

Accessibility and inclusion

Our long-term goal is to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Our education, outreach and event programme will also be accessible to visitors with hearing and visual impairments, reduced mobility, dementia and adults and children with autism and other neuro-diverse groups. 

Help us to honour London’s firefighting heroes and pledge your support through a donation or opt for one of our unique London Fire Brigade experiences and meet the firefighters who are trusted to serve and protect London.

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The rewards

All our rewards are listed on this page, and range from posters, books, and tours to your name on a breathing apparatus (BA) tally or founding star.

  • £20 Poster - see image below
  • £25 150th anniversary book
  • £30 15min chat online with a firefighter
  • £40 Great Fire of London tour
  • £50 Meet the Fire Investigation dogs and tour of Dowgate station
  • £50 Hard hat tour of the new museum site
  • £60 Fire boat tour - please note that due to operational requirements there will be a limited number of dates offered.
  • £150 Train like a firefighter
  • £150 Breathing Apparatus Tally - these tags identify firefighters who are wearing a BA set within a fire or other risk area to monitor their location and the time they should return to air safely by. Have one exclusively inscribed with your personalised details (a name, location or station, and key dates) - see image below
  • £250 Trip up the new 64m turntable ladder
  • £1000 Name on founding star - see image below

Please note: Although every effort will be made to ensure we offer rewards on multiple dates, due to the requirements of the service certain dates may not be available.

The poster

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The inscribed BA tally

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The founding star

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Please note: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this material the London Fire Commissioner cannot accept any liability for errors and omissions. The London Fire Commissioner cannot accept any responsibility for claims made by donors and their donations respectively should not be taken as an endorsement by the London Fire Commissioner of their products or services .

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

17 of 1000 claimed

Poster featuring original artwork

An A1 graphic illustration featuring original art work and an image from the Museum’s historical collection of photographs. A unique opportunity to purchase a limited edition poster specifically designed for the new museum.

£25 or more

34 of 500 claimed

Limited edition 150th anniversary book

‘One Hundred and Fifty Years of London Fire Brigade in Pictures’ - a beautifully illustrated book published in 2015 to commemorate the anniversary of LFB. This tells the story of the Fire Brigade since its formation with a detailed timeline of events, full colour illustrations, and insights into key areas of our history such as our engines, technical innovation, daily life in a fire station, and the Brigade in the Second World War.

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Chat with a firefighter

Enjoy 15 minutes online to ask a firefighter any questions you might have about their day to day work, and life as a firefighter. Or if you're celebrating a birthday or other occasion, they can deliver a special message of congratulations! Perfect for both younger and older family members.

£40 or more

5 of 50 claimed

Great Fire of London Tour

Steep yourself in the history of the Great Fire of London with an exclusive 1 hour tour of Dowgate Fire Station in the City’s historic centre with the LFB Museum Curator, knowledgeable volunteers, or a Massey Shaw Education Trust leader.

£50 or more

9 of 40 claimed

Meet the Fire Investigation Dogs

An opportunity to meet LFB’s Fire Dogs and find out about their important Fire Investigation work. Also get an insight into the daily life of a fire station with a tour of Dowgate Station. Each tour and Fire Dog meeting will last 1 hour in total. Each purchase of a reward admits one adult and two children.

£50 or more

4 of 30 claimed

Hard hat tour of new museum site with Curator

An opportunity to see the site of the new LFB Museum and final chance to see the original interior of the historic former LFB headquarters dating from 1937, ahead of works beginning on site. The tour will be guided by the Museum Curator and will last 45min. Hard hats will be provided but sensible/comfortable/warm clothing should be worn.

£150 or more

2 of 60 claimed

Train like a Firefighter

Challenge yourself and let our firefighter trainers put you through your paces at Paddington Fire Station. Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter? Find out in a fun, active few hours. These are challenging physical sessions, so please don't register for this reward if you've received medical advice against strenuous exercise.

£150 or more

3 of 200 claimed

Inscribed BA Tally

This is available to both current and ex LFB staff, as well as members of the public. Have your name, date, station, call sign and staff number (if you have worked for the LFB) inscribed into an original BA tally to be hung in the Museum as part of a one-year display to thank our donors. At the end of the year we'll send it to you in a presentation box. In the meantime, you'll receive a certificate of thanks. Choose the relevant option below.

£250 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Trip up the new 64m turntable ladder

Test your head for heights with a thrilling experience reaching the top of LFB’s cutting edge aerial appliances – the new 64m turntable ladder. Have you got the guts to be a firefighter? Suitable for adults only.

£1,000 or more

2 of 96 claimed

Name on founding star

Have your name (or a name of your choosing) inscribed in a permanent display in the Museum entrance to recognise our donor ‘founders’ for their invaluable contribution in preserving our history and creating a Museum to celebrate LFB. Our founding star will be a permanent feature of the Museum in perpetuity. You will receive a certificate to confirm and recognise your contribution and inclusion in the founding star.

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Fire boat tour - child ticket

Climb aboard the Fire Flash at Lambeth River Fire Station and find out how LFB’s fire boats help deliver vital fire and rescue work. This tour will last one hour. All children must be accompanied by an adult who has purchased an adult ticket.

£60 or more

11 of 11 claimed

Fire boat tour - adult ticket

Climb aboard the Fire Flash at Lambeth River Fire Station and find out how LFB’s fire boats help deliver vital fire and rescue work. This tour will last one hour and each tour is for a maximum of 10 people.

Let's make 'Help us build London Fire Brigade Museum' happen

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