Rochdale’s newest museum has had a historic light stolen


A historic light that’s nearly 90 years old has been stolen from Rochdale’s newest museum.

The new Fireground Museum, showcasing the history of firefighting, which has only been open for a month, had one of its 88-year-old lights stolen in broad daylight on Sunday, September 12.

The art deco lights, two in number, had only been on and on for three months.

The light was reportedly stolen between 12:50 p.m. and 1 p.m. – the museum is asking anyone who has seen anything to make contact.

In a social media post, they said: “After being in our beloved fire station for 88 years and having only been restored for three months, one of our lights was stolen.”

They also released CCTV footage of the man suspected of being the thief.

The Fireground Museum removed the second light to keep it safe, and the lights were installed at the ceremonial entrance.

The museum replaced the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum and is located in the old Rochdale Fire Station on Maclure Road.

It is a labor of love for former firefighters, and the culmination of five years of work, including obtaining grants for its restoration, and 18 months of construction work.

The museum has undergone a £ 1.6million renovation and has been fully restored to its original 1930s state, having served the city for 80 years.

The museum features six fully restored fire engines, as well as historic horse-drawn fire engines and hand pumps.

There’s also an immersive Victorian street scene and a blitz scene, complete with lighting and sound effects.

There are also interactive display elements and a large play area for very young children, including a pole for sliding down.

Tickets for children under four are free, children and discounts £ 5 and adults £ 7, and a family ticket is priced at £ 20.

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