We're working on transforming Rochdale's much loved old fire station into a Fire Service Museum and a vibrant office space. Rochdale Fire Station is an art deco gem from the 1930s and one of the town’s historic landmarks.
We expect to open the museum in late 2021 - exact date to be confirmed.
Things to do at the Fire Service Museum
Once the Fire Service Museum opens, you'll have access to:
- Exhibitions about the Fire Service, including Victorian and blitz street scenes and 17th century fire engines
- A library with books about Greater Manchester Fire Service
- A cafe on the ground floor
- Dedicated study and learning areas for school groups
- Play areas for children
Office space to rent above the Fire Service Museum
We're also creating a co-working space for small businesses within the fire station. Up to 100 desks will be available for rent for as little as a day at time, alongside breakout areas and meeting rooms.
This is being installed in the old ballroom upstairs which was used by firefighters and their families when they lived on site.
Historical features of the Fire Service Museum
While we're creating the Fire Service Museum, work is also being done to restore some of the fantastic original features of the old fire station building.
This includes the stained glass on the ceiling of the old ballroom, the original art deco tiles and balustrades and the original fire station doors.
How the Fire Service Museum is funded and supported
This project is funded and supported by The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Pilgrim Trust, Garfield Weston, Swire Charitable Trust, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Firefighters.
Volunteers from the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum will run the museum when it opens.