Fire! Fire! marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. For me it was a fascinating and eye opening way to discover more about my birthplace before, during and directly after the infamous disaster. Entertaining the kids whilst learning interesting facts is the ultimate win in my books.
About Fire! Fire!
The exhibition is running until the 17th April 2017.
Entry into the museum is free, but the exhibition is ticketed. Tickets can be purchased online in advance from the Museum of London website, or bought from the information desk.
Fire! Fire! is an exhibition for all ages, with interactive lift the flap games, touch screen challenges, dressing up and more for the children. My kids particularly enjoyed dressing up in clothes from the olden days, and participating in an interactive story session where Clara pretended to be the Tower of London.
The museum is running Fire! Fire! themed events throughout the year – from guided walks, to family craft sessions, to interactive storytelling, to sleepovers. Pre-booking is absolutely essential, so head over to the museum’s events page for further details.
The museum has created a unique and immersive virtual experience of the Great Fire using the video game Minecraft. Phase one of ‘Great Fire 1666’ was released on the 29th July, and phase two will be released in September. To learn more click here, or watch the video below.
Some interesting facts about the Great Fire of London
The Great Fire started at Thomas Farynor’s bakery on Pudding Lane, on September 2nd.
Six people died from the fire itself, but it is believed that many people died through indirect causes.
Around one hundred thousand people were made homeless as a result of the fire.
Prior to the Great Fire no-one had insurance, and the Fire Office was set up in 1680. They would mark the outside of your home with lead if you had insurance, and firefighting services would be provided to you. It wasn’t until 1866 that public service The London Fire Brigade was established, and firefighting was available to all.
Samuel Pepys, who was an MP at the time, became famous for the diary entries he wrote during the Great Fire. When he had to evacuate his home, he buried his expensive collection of wine and cheese.
Thanks so much to the team at the Museum of London for a great day. We had a fab time visiting, and learning all about the Great Fire!