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
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.
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.
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.
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 inscribed BA tally
The founding star
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