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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

THE 357th at LEISTON

In January 1944 the 357th Fighter Group of the USAAF arrived at Leiston Airfield. The group consisted of 1000 men and 125 Aircraft organised into 3 squadrons. They were derided as “The Yoxford Boys” by Nazi broadcaster Lord Haw Haw – but they liked the name and kept it. They... Read More

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) was the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain, the first woman Dean of a Medical School, the first woman member of a school board, and the first woman to be elected Mayor.  June 9th 1836 Elizabeth was born in Whitechapel, London, the second... Read More

Richard Garrett I – III

Richard Garrett I (1755-1839) The Garrett family was well established in East Suffolk and had a long history of tool and machine making when the young Richard Garrett I (1755 –1839) came to Leiston from the family business in Woodbridge in 1778 and joined William Cracey at his forge in... Read More