The London Fire Brigade Museum is housed at their old Headquarters in Southwark, where training still takes place. Before WWII there was a large gothic building fronting onto Southwark Bridge Road, with Winchester House that houses the museum today set behind it. However, after bombing in the area in WWII it is just Winchester House that survived and it is, in itself, an impressive building.
The museum takes you through the history of firefighting, and while it is a little hit and miss in its content and delivery there are some really interesting stories and objects on show.
The old fire buckets, helmets and protective gear are engaging pieces of social history, but also open your eyes to what this dangerous job would have been like in the past. For instance, the smoke helmet that was in use c.1900 was attached by a pipe to some bellows – as the firefighter…
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