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South London Gallery

Discover London's earliest fire station, soon to be transformed into a cultural hot spot.


For London History Day the South London Gallery (SLG) will focus on the Grade II listed former Peckham Road Fire Station. The derelict, four-storey building was given to the SLG by an anonymous benefactor to transform into a mixed-use cultural centre opening to the public in 2018.

On London History Day visitors will be able to see a curated display of materials relating to the Fire Station in the entrance of the SLG’s main site, brought together by the Art Assassins; the SLG’s young people’s forum.

Dating from 1867, the former Peckham Road Fire Station is the earliest surviving example of a purpose-built fire station in London. The building is currently undergoing renovation and will incorporate exhibition, learning and meeting spaces, an artist’s studio, and the SLG’s archive.

Peckham Road Fire Station, 1905
Visit the South London Gallery to learn about the transformation of London’s earliest fire station into a new cultural venue © London Metropolitan Archives, City of London


South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road

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