In 2013, Trustees agreed that there was no alternative but to urgently explore a re-location of the entire collection from Weedon to a more suitable site. This considerable work has led to several sites being identified during the last three years.
The Trust is currently in discussions in relation to a potential suitable site in the South Downs National Park area of Hampshire, and in doing so, the Trust has received the formal support of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and its fire authority.
Although several UK fire brigades do maintain small historic collections reflecting their own particular area, there is still no UK National Fire & Rescue Museum such as the FireWorld collection. Attendances at these local museums do underline a strong public interest in firefighting, fire engines and their equipment, together with the operation of fire brigades and their proud history.
My Trustees and I feel that the commercial potential and strong public interest in firefighting, fire engines and their equipment, together with the operation of fire brigades and their proud history make for a potential for FireWorld to become a national visitor attraction of considerable significance.
The Trust looks forward to making positive progress towards this aim on the potential Hampshire site in the very near future.
Fire Services National Museum Trust