MUSEUM PLANS ON DISPLAY AT LOCAL GARDEN CENTRE
Look out for the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum stand and appliances at the All-in-One Garden Centre, Rochdale Road, Slattocks, Middleton on SATURDAY 25th MAY. As well as exploring vehicles from the Museum's historic fleet, visitors will be able to examine the latest plans and intentions for the new museum project. Meet up with members of the Museum team and learn about our exciting project first hand.
ARCHITECTURAL TEAM ON BOARD
We are pleased to announce the appointment of OMI Architects Ltd of Salford as the lead architects and Poole Dick Associates of Bury as cost managers for the project.
Both have worked on the earlier stages of the project and we look forward to continuing our relationship with both as take the next steps towards the new museum.
The next procurement phase involves choosing the design and fit-out specialists to build on the provisional plans already produced at stage one.
The volunteers have recently been working hard preparing the space for work to commence, including a final clear-out of the remaining items left over after our firefighters left the site. A lot of material can accumulate in a big old fire station such as this, but hopefully it will soon look like a building ready to be transformed.
We also said goodbye to our colleagues from the Operation Florian charity, which has been storing redundant fire service equipment and uniforms onsite prior to them being shipped overseas to countries whose own fire services are less fortunate than ours.
A major challenge this year will be how best to continue our visitor services and education programmes as we prepare for the physical work to start on the site. There will obviously be some restrictions and adaptations - probably a period of closure too - but we will endeavour to keep the operation going as long as we can, PLEASE NOTE : the museum remains fully open as normal at the moment. Any changes to that situation will be publicised on the website,