The London Fire Brigade museum will hold an open day this Friday (8th October) as part of the Story of London season supported by the Mayor of London with financial backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The museum, which is located on Southwark Bridge Road and is normally only available via booked tours, contains exhibits telling the history of organised firefighting in London starting from the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The museum also highlights to role of the Brigade during the bombing of London in the Blitz. Uniforms and equipment currently used by London firefighters will also on display.
Jane Rugg, the museum’s curator said: “We’re expecting hundreds of people to join us on the day and take the opportunity to step back into the past and learn about the development of the London Fire Brigade, the world’s third largest fire and rescue service.
“A variety of uniforms will be available for everyone to try on and experience first hand how it feels to be a London firefighter throughout history. We also have a collection of items relating to Massey Shaw, a very influential character in the development of the Brigade, including his silver coated helmet and medals.”
The open day will take place between 10am and 3pm on Friday 8th October 2010. For more information visit the Story of London website