People Who Help Us...


Explore the stories of the everyday heroes that help us in an emergency. Your class will learn about the police force, fire service, ambulance service, RNLI and coastguard. Discover what they do and the equipment they use, and climb inside some of their vehicles. Some of your class may even become superheroes! This workshop’s main curriculum focus is PSHE or personal, social and emotional development for Early Learning Goals.

This workshop is free and in collaboration with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue bringing history and vital life safety together.

The Great Fire...


Travel back in time to 1666 when King Charles II was on the throne and a huge fire ravaged London. How did they fight it? Learn how the Great Fire was extinguished and the legacy it holds. Handle our real and replica objects and dress up as a soldier fighting the fire and try some of the methods they used. Are your class up to the challenge? This workshop’s main curriculum focus is history but also includes STEM subjects such as science and design technology.

This workshop is free and in collaboration with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue bringing history and vital life safety together.

Crime and Punishment...

(KSG 1 and 2) WORKSHOP £2 per student

How has crime and punishment changed through time? Step back in time and find out. Experience what it was like to be a prisoner in 1900 by having your fingerprints and mugshot taken in a Victorian Police cell. Learn how crimes have changed and what has influenced these changes. Imagine what it was like to be a police officer in Victorian times and compare to our modern police force using our ‘Women in Police’ exhibition to look for clues.


This workshop’s main curriculum focus is history and also includes PSHE.

Extreme vehicles...

(Flexible ages) WORKSHOP £2 per student

From a steam powered fire engine to a 47 foot Tyne Class RNLI lifeboat, our vehicles are something to behold. Marvel at the workings of historic and modern fire engines, discover how a regular car can be transformed into a police car and even design your own emergency services vehicle. Tailored to your needs, use our extreme vehicles to spark your group’s imagination.


This workshop’s curriculum focuses include history, design technology and science.

Guts and Gore...

(GCSE History) WORKSHOP £2 per student

Medicine through time.

Our Blood, Bandages and Blue Lights exhibition, telling the story of the ambulance service, presents a wonderful opportunity to GCSE students studying topics that include medical history. Using the primary sources interpreted within the exhibition, students are given a hands-on learning experience in an engaging and alternative learning environment. They will engage with the objects and stories, challenging what they tell us and highlighting the relevance of history study within the wider world.

WWII and the Blitz...

(Flexible ages) WORKSHOP £2 per student

Experience life on the home front in WWII. Learn about the plans for invading Britain and how children played their part in the war effort.  Discover how Sheffield’s steel industry made it a target for German bombing, the effects of raids on the city and learn how the emergency services coped with help from the civilian population. Come face to face with an incendiary bomb and handle a range of original artefacts from our WWII collection to discover how Britain played its part in defeating the Nazi menace.

Contact us...

National Emergency Services Museum

The Old Police/Fire Station

West Bar


South Yorkshire

S3 8PT

Telephone: 0114 2491 999


National Emergency Services Museum is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Registered with the charity commission: 1161866.

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