elcome to the website of the Long Shop Museum, Leiston. Situated near Aldeburgh, in the beautiful coastal region of Suffolk (click here for details of how to find us), we tell the story of more than 200 years of the town's life and work.
In the museum you will find a staggering collection of objects, ranging from full-size steam engines (the Richard Garrett & Sons engineering business made many hundreds of steam engines here) to touching mementoes of the lives of the working people of the town.
The Long Shop itself – at the heart of the museum – is a Grade II* listed engineering workshop, thought to be one of the earliest purpose-built production lines in existence (made long before Henry Ford had the same idea!), and it’s chock-full of fascinating exhibits.
We also tell of the history of the area, with displays about the nuclear power station at nearby Sizewell and Leiston’s airfield, home to the American 357th Fighter Group, 8th USAAF, during World War II.
It all adds up to a fascinating day out, with something for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.
Leiston in the Great War
Saturday 19th July
Opening of 'Leiston in the Great War' exhibition at the Museum.
On view until 1st November Told through photographs, words and objects - a chance to discover the proud and sad wartime stories of Leiston people - both as civilians and in the Services.
Leiston in the Great War Commemorative Parade, Service and Community Event
Parade through the town, service, afternoon band concert and community event on 6th form centre field
*Admission Free on 19th July for 'LGW' programme holders. Normal museum admission charges apply at other times.