Museum of London

Client: Museum of London

Location: London

Description of Work: Fire Alarm Install


The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. The museum is situated on London Wall which is part of the Barbican complex of buildings created in the 1960s and 1970s as an innovative approach to re-development, within a bomb-damaged area of the City of London.

The Museum was opened in 1976, just a few minutes’ walk north of St Paul’s Cathedral. It overlooks the remains of the Roman city wall, on the edge of the oldest part of London known as the City, now the financial area. The Museum’s collections are as quirky, vast and varied as London itself with over a million objects ranging from archaeological finds to photographs; from shop fronts to archive film and video; from bus tickets to the magnificent Lord Mayor’s State Coach. The oldest objects are over half a million years old, the newest date from today and will be acquired tomorrow as records of London’s past.


A £20.5 million redevelopment of the Museum’s lower galleries is currently underway to retell the story of London and Londoners from 1666 to the present day. This hugely exciting refurbishment, opening in 2010, will see significantly increased access to artefacts, both in the Museum and online.  It will create a spectacular new glass window at street level, and will include a cutting edge Clore Learning Centre, a theatre and The Sackler Hall, containing an information zone and café. Wessex Fire & Security was hired to install a new fire system throughout the Museum of London and the construction site for the new galleries.

A network of 4 Vigilon control panels was installed, with some 700 sensors, air aspirating systems, and PA / VA system for the public areas. The voice evacuation system was provided with messages in four languages, English, French, German and Japanese. Wessex had to complete the installation of the fire system throughout the building in difficult areas and within certain time frames.

“Wessex was reliable and provided an excellent solution to our Fire system requirements.”

Steve Cox (Head of Facilities & Security)

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