Sheffield museum takes a step into the future

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A Sheffield museum which celebrates the past has taken a step into the future thanks to a £20,000 grant.

The National Emergency Services Museum, West Bar, Sheffield city centre, spent the cash upgrading its educational displays, which now give information and road and fire safety advice using interactive technology including computers and audio equipment.

The money came from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, with members visiting the museum afterwards to see the equipment in use.

Fire Authority chairman, Coun Jim Andrews, said: “The museum has undergone a fantastic refurbishment and upgrade of its educational displays which reflect the most up to date and relevant safety information, which will ultimately help to reduce deaths and injuries from fires and on the roads.”

Matt Wakefield, from the National Emergency Services Museum, said: “It’s great to receive support of this nature as it allows the museum to grow, develop and continue to promote life safety through hands-on learning with history.”

The museum, which is mainly staffed by volunteers and relies on sponsors and donations, opened its doors in 1983 as a home for fire service related memorabilia that was sitting in attics and local fire stations all over the county.

Over the years it expanded and developed and now houses fire and police service memorabilia, including around 40 fire engines and police cars from over the years.

It is based in an former combined Victorian police and fire station, which was one of the first purpose built Stations of its kind.

To find out more call 0114 2491999 or visit http://www.emergencymuseum.org.uk/