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Discover Industrial Revolution Suffolk

The Long shop Museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavour in this small Suffolk town and its remarkable factory. Displays are housed in a cluster of original grade II listed buildings.

Amongst them is the Long Shop itself – named by workers ‘The Cathedral’.

slide4 400Explore our atmospheric galleries and you’ll find fantastic collections and great hands-on activities. Here are some of our visitors’ favourites.

  • Our cosy living van – as used by road makers, shepherds and other farm workers in years gone by.
  • Have a go at making moulds with our pattern boxes.
  • Guns and ammunition including sections of the Mulberry harbours.
  • Loads of clothes for dressing up.
  • The wonderful Richard Garrett ‘Victomatic’ Dry Cleaning Machine.
  • Stunning design including gorgeous name plates.
  • The water tower with its 148m well – the deepest in Suffolk.
  • Consuelo Allen, Princess Marina and other glorious traction engines.
  • The spectacular Long Shop itself – an icon of industrial Britain.

And there are 200 years of inspiring and intriguing stories to discover.

  • Elizabeth Garrett – the first woman Doctor.
  • Leiston goes to The Great Exhibition.
  • Suffolk’s industrial town – home to the county’s oldest cinema.
  • Sirapite, the continuing story of the Works’ rare shunting engine.

We recommend you allow at least 2 hours for your visit.



Temporary Museum Closure

Following advice from the Government and Public Health England regarding social distancing to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) the Long Shop Museum has temporarily closed until further notice

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our top priority. We will monitor and review the closure period and update our website and social media with relevant news as and when we have it.

All our events, bookings and activities have been postponed or cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience and ask you to please bear with us as we work through this difficult time.

Your support is vital to the successful future of our Museum.
We encourage you to engage with us, through our social media channels, using the links found at the top of our web site

We hope to welcome you back as soon as we can.


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