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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 tense, but also light-hearted. The evening included refreshments and a raffle, with proceeds going to support the Long Shop Museum. We had great feedback about this quiz and it is certainly something that will be held again.

Looking forward…

Ever thought about Volunteering?

We are always delighted to welcome new volunteers to the Museum. We offer a wide range of interesting and fulfilling volunteering opportunities that can fit around your other commitments. March is the month for training Museum Volunteers in readiness for the action-packed season ahead.  It’s not too late to sign up – simply contact our volunteer coordinator, Oka Last, on 01728 832189 or email and join the team of volunteers who make your community Museum such a special place to be. 

Welcome Team Training

Learn how to give a warm welcome to Museum visitors, selling tickets, keeping the Museum shop open and much more.

  • Saturday 9thMarch, 10.30am – 1pm
  • Saturday 23rdMarch, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Catering Team Training

Learn about volunteering in the Museum’s Tea Room or running the BBQ.  For committed volunteers there will be the opportunity to gain a food hygiene qualification

  • Monday 25thMarch, 10.30am – 12.30pm 

Volunteer Forum Meeting

A regular gathering of Museum volunteers and staff – come along to get the latest news and updates.

  • Monday 1stApril 1.30 – 3pm

Slide show & Presentation

We are welcoming to the Long Shop Museum, Kevin Swann, a past president of the East Anglian Traction Engine Society, who is going to present a talk and slide show on the early years of the East Anglian Traction Engine Society and also some of the more unusual steam engines that Garrett’s built.

This will be an interesting and informative evening with teas and coffees available on the night, and also a chance to have a look round the historic Long Shop building.

Tickets a £5 on the door or you can pre-book by contacting the museum prior to the event.

  • 27th March commencing at 7 p.m.

Steam-up! – 31 March, gates open at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

We would like to welcome you all to our annual “STEAM UP” event at the Long Shop Museum. This event officially launches the museum for the 2019 season. And this year there is a special focus on heritage attractions throughout Suffolk.

Steam Up at the Museum – don’t miss it this year!

We have got some visiting steam engines as well as our own fleet of engines all in steam and there to be enjoyed.

Our own shunting engine Sirapite will be in operation and before it goes off site for a spell at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway for the year.

We will be launching our newest exhibit, a 1937 Buick Motor Car that was bought new by Garrett’s and used as a staff car for 10 years. This needs total restoration but will a great machine once it has been restored by our volunteers.

There will be stalls and traders to entertain and excite the whole family, and not forgetting our Mouth-watering BBQ, traditional tea room serving delectable homemade fayre, plus a plethora of activities to occupy the most curious of minds, young and old!  Our very own Suffolk Punch, The Joker will be in steam alongside Consuelo Allen, a 10-ton steam roller.  Come and enjoy a family day of steam, fun and history.

A late entry and treat for all “Dads Army” enthusiasts will be a replica of Corporal Jones van

No need to book – just come along.  The admission price for this event will be £8 for adults and £4 for children, entitling ticket holders to free museum admission for a full year, except for special event days such as the Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular and Final Fling.

Once the world’s first purpose built workshop for assembly line production, the museum contains a fantastic collection of machines and many of these will be demonstrated in all their working glory at the Steam-up event.