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Curator’s Corner – February 2020

Looking back

After recuperating over the Christmas break, it’s time to reflect over how fantastic a year 2019 was as a whole.

It was one of the busiest years in the Long Shop’s history, full of incredible events such as our Father’s Day Model Railway Show, our Steampunk Spectacular and our Real Ale & Music Festival! All had fantastic turn outs and will be running this year.

Some visitors enjoying one of the model train displays that we had during our Father’s Day Model Railway Show.

One of the fancily dressed steampunkers posing for a photo during our Steampunk Spectacular!

There was a great turnout at our Real Ale & Music Festival. The live music and fantastic beer and ale selection made the night a memorable one.

Though our 2019 season ended on 31st October, we still had one more event to hold just before Christmas time. Of course, it was our festive Christmas Fayre!

With plenty of things to do it was fun for all the family. There were craft stalls lining the Long Shop’s walls displaying all manner of knick-knacks, such as Christmas cards, handmade jewellery, handbags and even handmade glass figurines!

Ward’s Glass glass figurines were a delight to see. He held live demonstrations right on the table for all to enjoy!

The little ones had the chance to go and see Father Christmas to tell him what presents they’d like from him. He also gave them an early present for them to enjoy! What a fantastic way to end 2019 with all the family.

Looking Forward

For the first time in the Long Shop’s history we will be open for February half-term! From Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd the museum will be open for families to visit and enjoy during their time off. On Tuesday 18th there will be an activity day for children to come along with a parent or guardian to take part in a variety of science, engineering and art activities. Check our Facebook page for event details closer to the time!

We will also be launching our wonderful activity rucksacks for children to use as they explore the museum with their family. They will be available to rent from our reception desk in the shop. The rucksacks will include items such as torches, magnifying glasses, activity and colouring-in sheets, along with other items to be added as we head into the summer months. The rucksacks will be available throughout February half-term, however, after the Sunday 23rd we go back to being closed until we officially open for the season on Tuesday 17th March, where the rucksacks will be available throughout the open season until we close again on 1st November.

Steam Up

We start our events season with one of our ever popular events: Steam Up! There will be plenty to see and do during the day: both our own and visiting traction engines will be in steam out in the yard along with classic cars and some model steam engines. There will also be stalls inside the Long Shop being run by other museums advertising what they will be doing for the year which will be a great way to plan where your adventures will be throughout 2020!

Museum stalls and some motorcycles on display at last year’s Steam Up event.

Our lovely steam roller going for a stroll at last year’s Steam Up event.

For the little ones there will be children’s activities as well, along with a BBQ and tea room selling delicious homemade cakes and hot drinks for you to keep yourself going for the rest of the day. Overall it will be a fantastic opportunity to get the family out of the house after the quiet winter period!

Community Passes

Come and get a community pass for the 2020 season! For only £1.50 more than the standard adults admission price, the pass allows all residents from the IP15, IP16 and IP17 postal code areas FREE admission to the museum for 12 months from the date of purchase INCLUDING ALL major events throughout the year. Prices are as follows:

Adults £8.50

Young Adults £6.50

Child £4.50

Enjoy the pass and visit as the museum as many times as you like, whether it’s just a normal week day or one of our very special events!

For any further information on our events, opening times, or just general queries about the museum you can visit our website or Facebook page. We’re also on Twitter and Instagram, so be sure to follow us for up-to-date museum news!

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