Organisers of a new exhibition about the history of firefighting in the north-east hope it will ignite the imaginations of young people.
The Insch Connection Museum, in the town’s old railway station, is telling the story of the fire service dating back to the 19th Century.
Objects and old photographs dating back more than 100 years, some of which have been loaned by the Grampian Transport Museum, will make history come alive.
Part of the exhibition will show how the auxiliary fire service helped put out blazes during the Second World War, and includes photographs from one of the most dramatic incidents of the era.
After a dramatic dogfight in the skies above Aberdeen, involving three Spitfires, a German Heinkel bomber burst into flames and spiralled down to earth, crashing into the newly-built ice rink in July 1940.
Brave firefighters were on the scene within moments and extinguished the flames – however, there were no survivors.
Henrike Bird, the curator at the museum said she hopes the new exhibition will attract as many schools as possible between now and until October.
She said: “If a school comes in with a class, what we find is the following week the children have dragged their parents back and this is part of the success of the exhibitions.
“It is what I want to see with the latest exhibition, as I want to bring history to the next generation.”
Previous events at the museum have drawn visitors from outwith the village.
She said: “I’ve been with the museum and curator for the last nine years and we’ve always done some exhibitions based around Insch.
“Two years ago I had this idea to an exhibition on police in the north-east and it was interesting because we attracted visitors that do not normally come to our museum.
“The police exhibition was the most successful we ever had and I thought we could do something similar.
“I thought about the fire service, because we have a station in Insch and I admire what they do.
“I thought it would be interesting for people.
“We got sent some old photographs but we also show what tools were used to extinguish fires around 100 years ago .
“Included in the exhibition is information about our own fire station in Insch, how it is operated and who the people are currently.”
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The fire station has also proved invaluable to the exhibition, providing reports and historical information to Henrike.
She added: “One of the oldest pictures we have is from 1900s and is of the fire service in Aberdeen.
“It shows a Merryweather steam pump and six firemen in uniform pulled by two horses but we haven’t been able to date it exactly.”
The museum is open from 1.30pm on Wednesdays and Sundays.