Sheffield museum gears up for even bigger audience

Fire & Police Museum  Westbar 'Matthew Wakefield
Fire & Police Museum Westbar 'Matthew Wakefield
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It’s been a rite of passage for Sheffield youngsters for many years.

Enthusiasts come from far and wide to visit the popular Fire and Police Museum on West Bar.

And now the facility is hoping to reach an even bigger audience after being named officially the National Emergency Services Museum.

Matthew Wakefield, director of the museum, said: “We wanted it to be a new year, new museum thing, so from now on the museum is to become known as the National Emergency Services Museum.

“Over the last two years or so we have started getting ambulance displays and other bits and bobs, so it wasn’t just fire or police memorabilia, and we needed to change the name.

“In the next year we will hopefully be getting even more of the ambulance side and some stuff from air collections, so there will be a bigger collection to swap around and have on display.

“In the first week of being a national museum we had quite a lot of visitors, more than usual.

“Fingers crossed it will help us to get more people in from all over, although we already have visitors from across the country.

“South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are doing a project with foreign firefighters at the minute, so when they are over they also come down.”

The historic museum contains an incredible array of history, from old police cells dating back to 1900 to thousands of service badges.

It is housed in one of Yorkshire’s first purpose-built combined police, fire and ambulance stations.

Matthew added: “It is the world’s biggest emergency services collection, right here in Sheffield.”

The museum is open from 10am to 2pm between Wednesday and Friday during school term time.

At the weekends it is open from 11am to 5pm, and during school holidays it is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.