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Vacancy for a Community Engagement Officer

We are pleased to announce an exciting new position at the Long Shop Museum for a Community Engagement Officer. We are seeking an enthusiastic, organised and self-motivated person to lead the development and delivery of an inspiring and attractive programme of museum-centric learning and outreach activities for our visitors and... Read More

Curator’s Corner February 2019

Looking back  Quiz night The event’s season opened on 23 February with our annual quiz night, as ever it proved to be an extremely popular event and was sold out well before the day. We had 48 brains that pitted their wits against the quiz master and the competition was... Read More

Curator’s Corner January 2019

A Happy new year from the trustees, Staff and volunteers of the Long Shop Museum! Looking back.  Our ‘Deck the Halls’ event on the 1st December 2018 was great way to start the Christmas period. We were fully booked and had a great atmosphere in our historic grade 2* listed Long... Read More

Garrett’s Electric Trolley Buses

Towards the end of the 1920s Garretts produced both single and double-decker electric trolley buses. Built for agility, and unlike the older steam vehicles constructed as far as possible of lightweight material, very few have survived and the Leiston museum has only a bare chassis to display (behind the Long... Read More

The Story of Sirapite

It was only after a Garrett wagon crashed through the wall of the Post Office that steam power was introduced to the Works railway. The expanding Eastern Counties Railway (soon to become part of the Great Eastern) had reached Leiston in 1859 and Richard Garret lost no time building a... Read More


On Wednesday 26th October during half term we celebrated the Big Draw Festival by holding a Workshop Wednesday led by Rachel and Michael from the Royal School of Drawing, London. The day gave families the opportunity to tell the story of steam through drawing BIG inspired by our magnificent engines and... Read More

Girl Guides engineer the future at the Long Shop Museum!

The Long Shop Museum in Leiston welcomed two local Girl Guide groups to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day 2016 with a special evening event on June 23rd. Guides from Leiston and Knodishall were joined at the museum by BT engineer Debbie Lewis who provided an interactive People Like Me... Read More

The Works in Wartime – The Naval 12 pounder

  The first sight to greet visitors as they enter the courtyard of the Long Shop is the barrel of a gun. (It belies of course the warm welcome of this wide-ranging museum.) It’s there because this was one of the weapons made at the Garrett Works during the Second World... Read More