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Celebrating History

Inspired by LGBT+ History Month, which takes place in February each year, we have developed a set of useful resources to support LGBT+ Network events.

National Emergency Services Museum

The National Emergency Services Museum is based in Sheffield city centre. It originally opened in 1984 as the Sheffield Fire and Police Museum, and was given its present name in 2014. The Museum’s collection of over one million items has been in existence since 1931.


The Museum’s rotating displays mean that there are always new things to see. Currently there are over 40 vehicles on display ranging from a Victorian hearse to a 47 foot Tyne Class Lifeboat. The NESM is the final home for many former emergency service vehicles and as a National museum holds extensive archives. Several old ambulances from Yorkshire are housed at the museum including the 1950s City of Sheffield Austin Sheerline in its original dark blue livery, complete with wooden framed stretchers and an 1885 horse-drawn ambulance which would have operated around the Barnsley area. The Museum also owns a 1980s Ford ambulance with Hanlon body, which would have operated throughout West Yorkshire. This vehicle is a regular at public engagements including many arranged by Yorkshire Ambulance Service but is currently awaiting some light restoration work.

Trip Advisor rates the museum as 4.5 stars out of a possible 5, with 63% of visitors describing the museum as excellent. You can find more information about the museum and its collection at

Other useful contact information for the museum:

  • T: 0114 2491 999
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Please note that staff currently working for one of the blue light services can gain free entry into the museum on production of a valid identification card. Blue Light cards are not accepted.

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