Thanks to all who visited the Museum on 13th and 14th September as part of this year's national Heritage Open Days event. This was a once-only opportunity to explore Rochdale's iconic former fire station building before restoration and redevelopment work commences in October !
Over 200 visitors received an "access-all-areas" guided tour of the station, exploring spaces such as the former Muster Room, Billiard Room, Control Room and Hose Tower, none of which now survive in their original form. Great interest was shown in the first-floor ballroom area, with its recently uncovered glimpses of the balcony and wonderful vaulted art-deco ceiling.
Our lovely visitors were a wonderful mix of heritage fans, fire enthusiasts, ex-residents and firefighters as well as many Rochdalians who were keen to share their stories of the dances and events which had taken place in the ballroom. We were especially pleased to welcome visitors from as far as Merseyside, West Yorkshire and even Paris !
An exhibition showing images and objects from the station's life was also in place for both days whilst Barry and Adam from our exhibition designers, Creative Core, were on hand to tell visitors about our exciting new Museum project and show them plans and images to whet the appetite. The Museum itself was also fully open and the glorious sunshine on both days helped things along.
For more details about the redevelopment visit our COMING SOON pages.
”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.”
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