This special museum is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets so it was a real treat to find out what goes on behind the doors of the former fire station in Lauriston Place.
The museum houses a range of fire engines dating from 1806, manual, horse-drawn, steam and motorised pumps, along with many other fire-related items dating back to the 15th Century. The artefacts found in the museum chart the development of firefighting over more than 400 years.
Our group loved every minute of the tour with Alastair - a retired fireman. He brought the exhibits to life with anecdotes and background information that went beyond anything we might have discovered by ourselves.
We were all very, very impressed by every aspect of the Museum and the exhibits - in range and variety. But perhaps the most impressive aspect was the apparent care and obvious pride that has gone into preserving the exhibits in the very best condition.
The Museum is only open for part of the week, so remember and phone first!
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