The National Emergency Services Museum (NESM) is situated in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The original museum opened in 1931 as the Sheffield Fire Brigade Museum, and was given its present name in January 2014.
The museum is housed in a Victorian former combined fire, police and ambulance station in Sheffield City Centre. The historic building dates back to 1900 and retains a number of its original features, such as the Victorian fire engine house and Police cells have been carefully preserved within the museum.
The National Emergency Services Museum (NESM) is an independent, self-funded museum and charity dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history of the emergency services and their communities, in both peace and war. The museum is regularly involved in local community work in the city, and wider national and international projects as well as various events all over the country. The NESM is the largest combined ‘blue light’ emergency services museum in the world.
This Tardis-like building tells the stories of all our emergency services through vintage fire engines, police and ambulance vehicles, original objects, dynamic displays and interactive exhibitions. The museum houses a treasure trove of items from the biggest (like the 47ft former RNLI lifeboat!) to the smallest.
The collection boasts more than 600,000 objects, from historic uniforms and badges to medical equipment, and includes about 150 historic emergency vehicles of which around 40 are on display at the museum at any one time. The museum also cares for a number of unique items from other organisations, such as HM Coastguard.
The NESM offers a day out that all the family can enjoy. From climbing aboard a real fire engine to exploring life during the Second World War, and from vintage police cars to some Victorian criminals there’s something for everyone. And with three floors jam-packed with items you can climb on, get in and try on, you won’t be short of things to do!
You can now also convert your entry ticket to an annual pass for no extra cost, meaning you can visit as many times as you like within the year for the price of a single ticket. So you will never miss out on what’s new at NESM.
The National Emergency Services Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and tickets are available on the website, which has more details of the museum along with reviews left by visitors.
For more information, go to www.visitnesm.org.uk