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 tour given by volunteers who staff the museum, followed by an education session chosen from a menu of activities. 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.
Contact us
Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
Maclure Road
OL11 1DN

01706 341219 (Answerphone)

Email: museum@

View Museum location on a map.

Note: Visitors should access the Museum via the fire station yard entrance on Richard Street

Links to...
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
Booking information

There is a small charge for pupils and visiting times are every Friday (except bank holidays) 10am -4pm and the first Sunday of every month. To arrange an educational visit, please contact the Museum at or by calling 01706 341219.

The Museum is on the site of the former Rochdale Fire Station. The Museum is small but packed full of fire engines, uniforms, fire safety equipment, a Blitz tableau and there is even a Victorian Street complete with fire station so it can get quite crowded. Visitor numbers are limited for safety reasons with 30 being the ideal. There is a classroom on site for educational sessions.

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