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.
Long Shop News
Spring into Summer - Steam and Activity Day
Saturday 1st June
We will be open as normal from 10am but from 12-5, you will be able to have a ride on a working scale model of a Garrett traction engine and have a go at some hands-on activities, enjoy an afternoon tea in the Garrett Room, and the Museum's works shunting engine, Sirapite will also be in steam, and offering rides from 2pm, as well as enjoying all of the Museum's regular displays.
Thursday Evenings at the Long Shop
We are hosting a series of events on Thursday evenings starting on 6th June and running through to the end of August. Join us and find out more about a fascinating range of topics that includes The Lost Village of Sizewell, the Floods of 1953, Sutton Hoo and the life of Edith Pretty plus many more.