Following several interviews broadcast on BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio Lincolnshire the Museum received a generous offer from Richard Walsh of Thurlby Motors to use their empty car showroom located in the village of Thurlby, just outside Alford, Lincolnshire as a temporary home for the collection.
Museum Trustees met with Richard and his business partner Gail Smith to discuss options and an initial six-month lease has been agreed. This is an extraordinarily generous offer and opportunity for the museum to survive and ultimately flourish in a fantastic facility deep in the heart of Lincolnshire Wolds, a very popular tourist destination.
There is a great deal of work to do in order to relocate the Museum, but it is hoped that we will reopen by Easter 2021.
There is a mammoth task ahead for the Trustees as they work to secure funding in order to rent or buy the site from Thurlby Motors, but this could be the first step in finding a permanent home for the collection. More details and photographs will appear on a regular basis, but we urge you all to get behind this project and help us to realise our dream.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Richard and Gail for their support and we look forward to working with them in the coming months as we strive once more to establish a first-class Firefighting Museum, educational facility and community hub.