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Curator’s Corner – April 2019

Looking back Steam Up! The 2019 season kicked off with our annual Steam up on the 31st March, this was the biggest show that we have ever held at the Long Shop Museum and it proved to be one of the most successful, with a great number of exhibitors 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

Our 2019 season is here…!

We have opened for the 2019 season and are now offering all our visitors the chance once again to see our fantastic museum, telling the fascinating story of the Garrett Family, the Leiston Engineering Works and its important part in the industrial revolution. We have a huge collection of products made... 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