It may not look like much, but an old barrel and a pump are in fact the remains of a nearly 350 year old fire engine, and they have now been restored ahead of an exhibition about the Great Fire of London.
It's the 150th anniversary of the formation of the London Fire Brigade as we know it today, and this year there will be a number of commemorative events.
Firemen today are noted almost as much for fighting fires and floods as they are for rescuing people from buildings, and pets from trees. However, that was not always the case.
It is almost impossible now to go to the West End in the evenings without seeing a white whale squeezing its way through the narrow streets.
Earlier this afternoon, I wandered over to Southwark for a genuinely rare treat – a general open day at the London Fire Brigade Museum. By coincidence, just as I arrived, I spied Caroline of Caroline’s Miscellany coming out, so it…