OK. I'm not going to say "please sign this petition". I'm going to give you the information, let you have a read and let you decide whether or not you want to sign the petition.
There's a fire brigade museum on Southwark Bridge Road in London. The museum is generally closed to the public, with viewing by appointment. The attendance of the museum, however, is around 5,000 a year - mostly made up by schools who visit in order to learn more about their local area's history.
Some people may agree with fire authority chair Brian Coleman who said "once you've seen one brass helmet you have seen them all".
I, on the other hand, had the great fortune of visitng the old HQ of the London Fire Brigade. I was incredibly moved by two memorials which are in place there. One is to all of the firefighters who lost their lives during the Blitz. The other is to all other firemen who have died in service in the London area. Both memorials are complete with a list of names. It seemed strange to see these, as it reminded me just how dangerous the situations that firemen put themselves in on a regular basis in order to keep themselves safe, and I feel that closing the museum would do these men (and women) a great dis-service.
What's more, much of the museum's collection and archive has been donated by the families of firemen who have now died, and the moral implications of splitting up the collection have probably not been considered.
Take a look at the museums page for more info about the museum:http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/OurMuseum.asp
See the petition page for how you can help:http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/save-the-london-fire-brigade-museum
See the facebook group for more info in general, links to news reports and important updates:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26317448196
Please pass this onto friends **who you think may be interested**. Petition signatures from people in the London area would probably be beneficial to the cause.
I'd just like to point out that I'm not involved in organising this petition - I would just like to highlight its existence as well as the existence of the museum, which most people don't even know exists.