The 75th anniversary of the biggest Second World War air raid on Nottingham is being observed by the sounding of a siren across the city.

More than 200 people died in Sneinton, West Bridgford, Beeston and Carlton in the air raids which took place on Sunday May 8th 1941.

At approximately 6pm on Sunday 8th May, the air raid siren on the roof of the Shire Hall, in the Lace Market, will sound again for one minute – along with others from across the city, to signal the beginning of a minute’s silence which will be followed by the ‘all clear’.

The Fire Service Preservation Group invited the Galleries of Justice Museum to take part in the commemoration.

Nicola Burley, Executive Director of the Galleries of Justice Museum said: “We are delighted and honoured to be able to take part in this important remembrance.  It will be a spine-tingling moment when the siren is sounded – it will split the air and stop people in their tracks.

“Along with the vintage fire engine outside the Shire Hall it will be an awe-inspiring sight and sound. It is a privilege for us to be involved in this occasion and to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives to help others.”

A 1943 Pump Escape fire engine will be parked outside the museum as part of an oral history tour. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Ceremonial Squad will also be in attendance.

The Galleries of Justice Museum is based at Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol.

For more information on the Galleries of Justice Museum go to or call 0115 9520555.