Another Busy Month at the Museum!

I write this blog feeling very tired but incredibly proud of the effort put forth by the Museum team over the past few weeks.

Museum of Fire Team with Bernadette Sinders and FRNSW K9 team

For the first time, the Museum’s newly formed team attended the Sydney Royal Easter Show. We were invited to attend alongside Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and it was an opportunity we could not pass up! Forming part of the FRNSW exhibit, the Museum presented two heritage vehicles (a Dennis ‘Jag’ and an ‘Ace’), and had a pop-up shop on site. As this was an event we hadn’t attend before, we were unsure what to expect.

Our team members were able to engage with a whole new audience and introduce potential visitors to what we have on offer in Penrith. The timing of this event was perfect as there was still one week of the school holidays left and parents/guardians were looking for activities for their children after the show had ended.

Within days of our team visiting the show, we began to see the effects with new and increased visitation to the Museum. We are blown away by the support we have and continue to receive – it is beyond what we could have ever imagined.

The Museum display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

The Museum is now also able to accept Dine and Discover NSW vouchers. This recently launched program by the NSW Government has no doubt contributed to the increased visitation we can see passing through our doors. These vouchers are valid until 30 June 2021, so if you haven’t visited already and want to ‘Discover’ the Museum, make sure you do so by the end of June!

Reg and his Dennis 250 at YAMHS 2021 “Cars that Care” event

While the Royal Easter Show was in full swing, our team split up so that they could also attend the YAMHS “Cars that Care” event on 11 April at Luddenham. Our brilliant volunteer, Reg, brought along his Dennis 250 for the show, which I am delighted to tell you was the only fire engine there! The Museum is proud to have been involved in this event with all funds going towards supporting local mental health projects.

On top of an already busy school holiday period, we hosted four “Monopoly Days” where we put our giant Monopoly board outside and invited guests to play. Due to the popularity of this activity, we are planning on hosting more “Monopoly Days” in the future.

If you didn't get a chance to play our giant Monopoly it will be back!

Although the school holidays are now over, our team are not resting as they head out to the Hawkesbury Show (23rd-25th April) and we kick start the month-long Heritage Festival at the Museum. If you would like to see what we have planned for the Heritage Festival, please follow this link https://www.museumoffire.net/heritage-festival

The first major event of the month is our Seniors Day that will take place today (Wednesday 21st April). This is the first time we have created a community event like this and we are excited to welcome lots of new patrons to the Museum. The Seniors Day expo is free and we will have a special reduced entry to the Museum available to seniors on the day. To learn more visit https://www.museumoffire.net/nsw-seniors-festival

As the month continues, we will also be launching our new temporary exhibition “Our Heritage” which will feature the winning entries from our history competition for high school students. Our final public event of the month will be a live digital talk that will take place on Sunday 9th May.