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Museum of Fire

Museums Old Town

More accurately, the museum of extinguishing fires

The museum, in a former fire station, tells the story of how firemaster James Braidwood founded the world's first municipal fire brigade in Edinburgh in 1824 and its subsequent development; you will find other material on the more general history of firefighting here too. The old fire engines are quite beautiful, including hand-pulled and horse-drawn pumps from the 19th century, a unique Halley from 1910 and a Dennis from 1930. Aside from the vehicles in their distinctive red livery, displays also chart the improvement in protective clothing over the years, there are historical artefacts including a 15th century tool for removing burning thatch from a roof, you can inspect the old fire brigade control room and more. The museum is run by volunteers so you are not guaranteed entry on any given day – it's best to call in advance and check. These volunteers do know their stuff however, adding an extra dimension to any visit.

By: Keith Davidson


Venue name: Museum of Fire
Address: Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade
Brigade Headquarters
Lauriston Place
Opening hours: Call for opening times
Price: free
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