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School Visits

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum in Rochdale is full of stories about the fire service. It has several focal points for education visits including:

  • Victorian Street complete with fire station, insurance office and fire equipment suppliers.

  • Full size fire appliances with equipment, models, medals, photographs, insignia and memorabilia relating to James Braidwood and Alfred Tozer.

  • Blitz scene.

  • An archive section with photographs, cine film, video, audio-tapes and printed material.

Schools are welcome to visit the Museum for a small charge. The Museum is quite small so the format for a school visit is a classroom session conducted by our educators, then a guided tour of the museum, followed by an activity session related to the particular topic.. Teachers are encouraged to discuss their precise requirements with Museum staff before a visit. The main themes for education visits for primary schools are:

  • The Great Fire of London

  • Victorians

  • Second World War

  • People who help us, safety

  • Art and Design

  • Science

At secondary level, the Museum can support diploma students by providing live briefs for ICT and Creative and Media Projects. Volunteers are happy to discuss requirements with schools and tailor visits to meet specific needs. The Museum welcomes visits from schools and offers preview sessions so that teachers can familiarise themselves with the environment and the displays. It is also helpful for Museum volunteers to meet teachers and discuss their requirements and expectations on the visit.

Booking Information

School visits are preferred on Fridays, though other days are possible during busy periods. As well as the main topics referred to here, we can tailor the content to suit teachers' needs, so please do let us know your requirements. The museum is quite compact, so class sizes are generally restricted to around 30 for reasons of safety and comfort. There is a small charge for pupils.. To arrange an educational visit, please contact the Museum at or by calling 01706 341219 (voicemail at certain times).  

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum is a member of the Association of Independent Museums, and of Fire Heritage Network UK. We also hold the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge


Contact Us

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
Maclure Road
OL11 1DN

Tel/Fax: 01706 341219 (Answerphone)