To complement London Fire Brigade’s pop-up exhibition, Fire in the City: Artists in the Blitz Peter Zymanczyk will lead a walk around the City. Starting at the Firefighters’ Memorial this walk will focus on the impact of the Blitz, and the firefighters who fought to save the City, taking in some of Wren’s City churches which were damaged or destroyed in the Blitz.
Peter Zymanczyk served in London Fire Brigade for 31 years, retiring in 2010. His love of London history encouraged him to train as a City of London Tour Guide. While interested in all aspects of the City’s history he has a special interest in both fire and architecture. This walk will bring out the links between the City’s Wren churches and fire, from medieval times to the Blitz.
Fire in the City: Artists in the Blitz is a pop-up display across a series of City Churches. A group of volunteer firefighters in London were also artists who became known as the ‘Firemen Artists’ and had exhibitions in London throughout the Second World War.