Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
This museum opened in 1983 after three years’ work by (then) serving firefighters to convert a former vehicle workshop. It forms part of the site of the former Rochdale Fire Station which is no longer an operational base. It was replaced by a new fire station in 2014, although still occupied by the Fire and Rescue Service.
The museum tells the story of firefighting, particularly in Greater Manchester. The collection includes around twenty fire engines (dating from1741 to 1971), along with uniforms, equipment, medals, models and other objects. Parts of the museum are laid out as period tableaux, such as the Victoria Street, the Fire Station and a WW2 Blitz display. The volunteers (mainly retired firefighters) are on hand to guide you if required, though the self-guided tours are also appropriate. Visitors should allow around one hour to see the exhibits.
Admission is free, families welcome. Themed special events (Kidz Day, preserved vehicle gathering, model railways, Easter Fun Day etc) take place on some Sunday monthly openings. Please see website for details. Working exhibits are displayed there occasionally as well.
School sessions and group visits are also available.
The Museum is all at ground floor level and we have male, female and accessible toilets, with baby changing if required. There is a small souvenir shop selling fire-related toys, models, books etc. and light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits and [sometimes] cake too).
Parking is available on site except for certain special event days, in which case there is free on-street parking close by. However, disabled-badge holders will always be catered for (Note: cars should enter the Museum via Richard Street, Rochdale, OL11 1DU).
The Museum is open every Friday (unless a Bank Holiday) and on the first Sunday of each month. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm.
Costs: Free Admission
Photo Credits: © Copyright Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
For further information please visit: http://www.gmfsmuseum.org.uk