22 June—23 June 2024

Pyronaut’s 90th Birthday

M Shed’s fire boat Pyronaut is 90 years old in June. To celebrate, we’re having a free party at the museum over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June from 10am – 4pm each day.

Attractions include: 

  • Demonstrations by Pyronaut 
  • Vintage fire engine and equipment 
  • 1906 horse-drawn steam fire pump from the Duke of Beaufort’s estate 
  • Band of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service (Saturday only),  
  • and more! 

 Come and join the celebrations! 

The fire boat Pyronaut was built in 1934 for the Bristol Fire Brigade. She served for almost 40 years in the City Docks for which she had been designed, before being chosen as a diver’s boat for the Port of Bristol, and later beginning transformation into a pleasure boat. 

She was purchased by the Museum in 1989 and the subsequent five years were spent reconstructing her former appearance. Since 1994, she has been an occasional trip boat and a regular performer at docks events where her water displays have become a fixture. 

Help us support the vital conservation work needed for Pyronaut so she can continue to share her history with generations to come: Pyronaut – JustGiving.