Coordinates: 51°30′7″N 0°5′53″W / 51.50194°N 0.09806°W / 51.50194; -0.09806

Winchester House – former London Fire Brigade Museum
Winchester House (94 Southwark Bridge Road SE1).JPG
Established1966; 57 years ago (1966)

The London Fire Brigade Museum (temporarily housed at The Workshop, Lambeth High Street) covers the history of firefighting since 1666 (the date of the Great Fire of London). The museum houses old fire appliances and other equipment.


The museum was located in Winchester House, the former home of Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw, who was Superintendent of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.[1] It was the London Fire Brigade headquarters until 1937 when King George VI opened a new building on the Albert Embankment on the south bank of the River Thames.[2][3][4]

The building at Winchester House closed its doors to the public in September 2015 and the collection was audited and put into storage pending the opening of a dedicated new museum.[5][6]

In July 2015, members of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority agreed to make the provision of a new museum, as well as a fire station, a condition of the sale and redevelopment of the Brigade's old headquarters on Albert Embankment in Lambeth.[6]

Current status

It is estimated it could be 2023 until the new museum opens but in the meantime there are still opportunities for the public to view the historic collection.[7][8] These include temporary exhibitions across London, outreach visits and educational talks and lectures and events to commemorate the 150th anniversary celebrations.[9]

Former address

The former address of the museum was:

London Fire Brigade Museum
Winchester House
94A Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 0UG


  1. ^ "Shaw, Sir Eyre Massey (1830–1908)". English Heritage. 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  2. ^ "News". Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. ^ "LAMBETH FIRE STATION, Lambeth - 1392337 | Historic England". Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  4. ^ "London Fire Brigade Headquarters, Albert Embankment, Lambeth". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  5. ^ team, London SE1 website. "London Fire Brigade Museum collection put into storage". London SE1. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  6. ^ a b "London Fire Brigade – Last chance to visit the museum before big move". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Our museum is on the move".
  8. ^ "What's on at the London Fire Brigade Museum?".
  9. ^ "London Fire Brigade – Museum". Retrieved 24 November 2016.