The Essex Fire Museum
The Essex Fire Museum gives visitors the opportunity to take a fascinating look at the history of the fire service here in Essex.
More about the museum
Housing a collection featuring historic fire engines, firefighting equipment, uniforms and photographs. Visitors to the museum will see for themselves how firefighting has changed over the years as the technology has advanced.
Originally created by former Grays Firefighter Roger Pickett having collected a large personal collection, the Essex Fire Museum provides a fascinating look back in to the history of the fire service and the men and women who fought fires to keep the public safe.
The museum plays a key role in our educational work with schools in the area, where it is used not simply as a repository of artefacts but as a living, breathing historical experience.
Our museum volunteer team have carried out a considerable amount of research into the history of the fire service, particularly in Essex.
The creation of the Essex Fire Museum has required energy, dedication, true commitment and vision.
‘All Fired Up’ is a series of articles written by our Museum volunteers about the history of the fire service in Essex.
Volunteers spend many hours researching the collection, often uncovering untold stories and finding interesting facts that would otherwise be lost.
To share these invaluable snippets of history with you we are making some of this research available here.
2. The Pump Escape by Murray Beale
3. HK Hudson Abbreviated by David Hughes
4. The Fire Brigades Act 1938 by Mike Smith
5. All Creatures Great and Small by Mick Ford
7. The Silvertown Explosion by D.P Hughes
8. The Fire Brigade is on the Job! by M Smith
10. All Fired Up Hydrant Plates
12. All fired up - Over the Border
13. Biography of an Enthusiast by Mick Ford
14. AFU Fire Helmets by M Beale
15. A Woman's Place
16. What Goes Up Must Come Down
17. Not Just A Van
18. A Century of Women in the Fire Service
19. AFU The Happy Drummer - Mick Ford
20. Shout - an explanation of terms
22. Alf Norman - an unsung hero
WW1 Firemen's Biographies
24. Henry Whitehurst
25. Long ladders to the Alps and beyond - part 1
26. Long Ladders to the Alps and beyond - part 2
27. Death by Fire
28. Benfleet Boys' Night on the Town
29. Douglas Howard Morgan: Captain of the Felsted School Fire Brigade
32. The National Fire Service part 1
33. The National Fire Service part 2
34. Ups and Downs atthe Top of the Ladder part 1
35. Ups and Downs at the Top of the Ladder part 2
37. A Winter's Tale by Mike Smith
38. The Ups and Downs at the Top of the Ladder part 3
39. My First Shout
42. The Green Goddess Brigade by Murray Beale
43. Ups and Down P5
Museum opening dates/times
The museum is open every Tuesdays and occasionally also Sundays throughout the year including school holidays. If you would like to visit us on a Tuesday or Sunday please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.
Family Fun Open Days
We also organise a number of special open days where we will have lots of themed arts/crafts, activities and displays. They are a great day out for all the family.
Tuesday 14 February Sunday 26 February
- Saturday 1 April | Special Open Day to celebrate 75th anniversary of our fire service
- Tuesday 11 April | Easter Special Open Day
- Sunday 30 April
- Sunday 28 May
- Tuesday 30 May
- Sunday 25 June
- Sunday 30 July
- Tuesday 15 August
- Sunday 27 August
- Sunday 24 September
- Tuesday 24 October | Halloween Special Open Day
- Sunday 29 October | Halloween Special Open Day
- Sunday 26 November
- Sunday 17 December | Christmas Open Day - Santa's Grotto
All visits to the museum must be pre-booked as it is on the site of an operational fire station.
How to find us:
Essex Fire Museum
Grays Fire Station
How to get in touch:
- Contact us online.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 01376 576847
Or by post:
Dan Bailey, Heritage and Volunteer Lead
Essex Fire Museum
Grays Fire Station