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Sheffield Emergency Services Museum Ghost Hunts


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National Emergency Services Museum
Sheffield, South Yorkshire


The National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield is housed inside a former Victorian Fire and Police Station, where firemen were on alert in case a fire broke out , and police constables caught and locked away violent criminals. The Museum is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the city, with a violent poltergeist called 'Caine' haunting the Police Cells. Are you brave enough to stay the night, or will you be making an emergency exit?



Built and completed in 1900, the West Bar Fire and Police Station was designed by architect Joseph Norton and located in what was a very rough area at the time. Crime and chaos was on the rise in Sheffield, which meant a central station of order was much needed. The Chief Constable of Sheffield at the time, John Jackson, saw the need for an emergency services station, combining fire, police and ambulance services, and so with the help of Chief Fire Officer Superintendent William Frost, they created the West Bar Fire and Police Station.


The fire station had many cutting-edge features, such as the iconic pole drop adopted from the Americans, the 'Hales Swinging' system and electric bells.

The shared station had an interesting layout. The police station was located on the left side of the ground floor, and included four cells, twelve stables, an office, an interview room, the inspector's office and an enquiries room. The fire station consisted of the engine house, and the first and second floors, including the Chief Fire Officer's office and bedroom. The ambulance station was located in the cobbled street within the building, and this is where 'Ambulance Number 2' was kept on standby for the firefighters to work alongside with, as well as mortuary vehicles.

The building itself saw service through both World Wars, and even survived the Sheffield Blitz. Fragments of shrapnel and scars can still be seen today in the front brickwork of the building from when the bombing happened. Today the building is used as a national museum representing the Emergency Services across the country, showcasing its importance in the past, and its even greater importance in today's world.



The National Emergency Services Museum is renowned for its ghosts and poltergeist activity, and it's not surprising given the fabric of the building, the vehicles, the memorabilia and the many men and women who dedicated their lives working here.

The main prominent spirit that haunts this museum is a male called 'Caine'. His ghost roams the Victorian Police Cells, where it's believed he was once locked up in there and died shortly after. His tormented soul scares staff, visitors and investigators alike, by banging loudly on the cell doors, moving objects inside their glass cases and even pushing women about due to his dislike for them. On previous investigations here, the name
'John' has also been picked up in these cells, which we believe could've been Caine's actual name. We've also experienced equipment batteries drain in this area too, as if Caine is soaking up all that energy to do something nasty and harmful.

Dark Shadows are a common sighting in the Engine House and Cobbled Street, with many people seeing faces in the windows and driver's seats. Disembodied voices are also reported in these areas.

Cold spots are felt in various parts of the building, and light anomalies have also been seen too. At times people will sense getting pushed in the back and shoulders, as if the firefighters from years gone by are still carrying out their active duties.

The hit paranormal tv show Most Haunted filmed an episode at the National Emergency Services Museum back in 2014, which they captured some interesting phenomena.



Your night of ghost hunting with Brookes Paranormal is guaranteed a fun, safe and spooky one. Experience this historic location with exclusive access after dark, as you explore the eerie rooms and areas in search for the ghostly spirits that haunt here. Here at the National Emergency Services Museum, you will get to investigate the Victorian Police Cells, the Engine House, the Cobbled Street, the Police Vehicles Exhibition Room, the World War Exhibition Room, the Sheffield Blitz Exhibition Room, and the Fire Chief's Office Room, all of which are spread out across three large floors.

Our team are friendly, professional, approachable and knowledgeable with paranormal investigating, and we will guide and support you to make sure you get the most out of your investigation. We welcome everyone from all walks of life, as our events are a safe space for all who love and enjoy the thrill of ghost hunting. Whether you're a paranormal novice or an experienced investigator, you'll be well-looked after and treated like family.

This is an honest ghost hunting experience, so there won't be any fakery or trickery during the night. We believe that if activity happens, it happens for real.

On your ghost hunt, you will be split into smaller groups to give you the best, personal experience possible. You will also get hands on with various pieces of ghost hunting equipment and participate in interesting paranormal experiments.
​ While we encourage everyone
to get involved in the night's vigils, you don't have to partake in experiments like Ouija Boards and the Estes Method if you don't
want to, we have plenty of other equipment for you to use.

You will also have a couple of breaks throughout the night, where we provide you with unlimited refreshments and snacks.



  • Group photo of all guests which gets published to our page

  • Small group extended vigils

  • Refreshments and snacks like teas, coffees, hot chocolates,
    bottles of water, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars

  • Full use of ghost hunting equipment like K2s, EMF Meters,
    REM Pods, Mel Meters, Spirit Boxes, Motion Detectors,
    Dowsing Rods, Laser Grid Pens, ITC Apps and SLS Cameras

  • Paranormal experiments like Ouija Boards, Glass Divination,
    Table Tipping, S
    éances, Estes Method and Human Pendulum

  • An introduction to ghost hunting equipment and techniques
    for guests new to the paranormal



  • All attendees MUST be 18 years or older

  • Heavily pregnant women are NOT allowed on these events

  • This location is NOT wheelchair accessible

  • This location has NO sleepover facilities

  • We operate a STRICT No Alcohol/Drugs Policy on our events, and if caught or believed to be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs, you will be removed from the event immediately and banned from all future events - No refunds

  • All attendees MUST bring a torch to the event, as we will be investigating in dark areas and low light conditions

  • Sensible footwear is required for the location's environmental conditions

  • In the colder months we advise to wear warm layered clothing, and bring a warm coat with you as the night will get cooler as the event progresses

  • History tours ARE provided at this location at the start of the night

  • Ouija Boards are brought to events at this location, however we don't force you to take part in them

  • Please ensure you are able to attend this event; deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and full payments and remaining balances are non-refundable and non-transferable
    four weeks prior to the event date


ADDRESS: National Emergency Services Museum, West Bar, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8PT

EVENT TIMES: 9:00pm - 3:00am (arrive at 8:45pm)


  • Workhouse Lane Car Park

  • Small Car Park at the rear of the building

  • Local Street Parking

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