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The Museum was opened in 1983 as the in-house ”Brigade Museum” of the Greater Manchester Fire Service, following three years work by off-duty members of the service to convert a former workshop building at Rochdale fire station.

Since then we have received many thousands of visitors and attended hundreds of outside events, whilst the collection itself has grown and developed considerably. Our regular Open Day events are popular with visitors of all ages.

In 2010, the museum was devolved to an independent charity, the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust (registered charity no. 1143966), with the intention of safeguarding the collection in future years and at the same time permitting the operation to realise its full potential.

Today, the Museum is managed by a Governing Body comprising of five voluntary Trustees. Four of the Museum Trustees hold specific positions, namely Chairman, Curator, Assistant Curator and Treasurer. Our Museum Mentor, Ron McGregor – a volunteer in his own right – also sits at Trust meetings.

Then there is our wonderful team of dedicated volunteers who look after the exhibits, meet visitors, attend events and open days, and carry out restoration projects. Many of the volunteers are former firefighters but all are enthusiasts with a comprehensive knowledge of the collection and of the world of firefighting, which they love to share with our visitors.

  • Chairman
    Steve Williams
  • Authority Trustee
    Shaun O'Neil
  • Trustee
    Geoff Bottomley
  • Trustee
    Muhammad Chaudhry
  • Curator
    Bob Bonner
  • Assistant Curator
    John Godman
  • Museum Mentor
    Ron McGregor
  • Treasurer
    Linda Bonner
  • Trustee
    Emma Metcalfe-Dunham
  • Trustee
    Nigel Tansley

Mission Statement

”To explore, preserve and make accessible the history of fire, fire engineering and the fire and rescue services in the Greater Manchester region and, through our collections and resources, to further the education and promotion of fire safety in the community.”

Fund Raising

The Museum is currently trying to raise £100,000 towards the next stage of our major relocation project. Can you help by means of a donation to our Paypal account ? If so, click the DONATE button now. Thank you!

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