Discover 200 years of industrial innovation on the original site of the Richard Garrett Engineering Works, from the first production line to the first woman doctor. See the wide variety of products from steam engines and munitions to children's toys and dry cleaning machines. Learn about the development of Leiston and its influence both locally and around the world.
Open 21 March to 29 October 2017
June - September - Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 3pm
April, May and October (except school holidays) - Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 3pm
For more local information, please see:Leiston Guide
Special Offers and Events
October events for 2017:
Join us for family trails around the museum with a prize at the end and don’t forget to come along for our Family Workshop Wednesday on 25th October when we will have experts on hand as part of National Honey Week, to help those under 12 learn all about this precious and very special local resource.
Real Ale and Traditional Music Festival - Friday 20th – Saturday 21st October
As British Summertime draws to a close, we will be turning up the heat with a fabulous weekend of engines in steam, an array of ales and some toe-tapping tunes to keep you entertained after hours.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale as well as showcasing some great musicians on Saturday evening to help turn the Long Shop into a veritable ‘Cathedral of Sound’.
The festival kicks off from 5pm on Friday night and the museum is open until 11pm on both evenings to give revelers a chance to sample some of the fifteen different high-quality ales, ciders and wines selected by the Ipswich branch of CAMRA. On Saturday it opens at 11am, with full day of exciting sounds, sights, tastes and smells, not least through the hiss and rumble engines in full steam.
There will be an open mic session during the day and to whet your appetite further, some scrumptious refreshments hot and cold, savoury and sweet, to keep you fortified. This will lead into one of our much loved and time honoured ‘end of season‘ events on Sunday – Final Fling, where the bar will remain open, but the steamy attractions even more plentiful, along with a range of stalls.
The Long Shop Museum will once again mark the end of the season with a spectacular celebration of steam on Sunday 22nd October. Final Fling is our annual steam and activity day with full size and miniature engines being demonstrated in all their working glory. It runs from 11am to 4pm and highlights how the museum’s site in Leiston’s former Garrett Engineering Works, was a hub of industrial production with the design and manufacture of a prolific and diverse array of magnificent machines.
The lovely Consuelo Allen’, the Museum’s own 1923 Garrett steamroller, will be on display after having been out and attracting much attention at Grand Henham Steam Rally, our famous Suffolk Punch, and the much loved shunting engine Sirapite will be in full steam and available for rides! Acquired by Garretts in 1926, she became a symbol of the works and a source of local pride and was renovated in recent years to become a key exhibit. Our portable engine has now been fully restored by our Men’s Shed team so come and revel in seeing her om all her working glory!
Why walk when you can take a tractor ride from nearby car parks and get a sense of the sights, sounds, smells and sensations on offer through a mobile slice of agricultural history! Home-made refreshments be available in our pop up vintage tea-room and there will also be a bar on site with a selection of real ales.
Activities for children, a prize draw, and further attractions to be announced.
There will be a range of visiting exhibits large and small including an Aveling and Porter steam roller and the unique Robey Showman’s traction engine. Visitors can look around the Museum’s original Garrett Works buildings and exhibits. Don’t miss the Final Fling of 2017, a static and moving pageant of engineering history – and a steamy affair!
Ticket prices are £8 / £5 and annual passes will not be valid for entrance on event days. For details of this and other events at the Long Shop, go to www.longshopmuseum.co.uk.
EGA Community Performance – The Garrett Players present The Charge of the Parasols - 27th and 28th October 2017, 7.30pm
Catch a glimpse into the fascinating life of one woman whose struggle changed the lives of many others. One hundred years after her death, this new play is written and performed by local residents to celebrate the achievements of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. Mother, doctor, Mayor, trailblazer.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear her story told in words and music. With a cast ranging from 7 to 80+, this theatrical homage to a remarkable woman is also part of the National Museums at Night initiative. Enjoying the ambience of our Victorian factory buildings after dark is the perfect way to round off the 2017 season.
Book soon as seating is limited. Tickets cost £8 / £4 Under 12
Dates for the Diary:
Christmas Fair – 2nd December
Mr S Claus will be in town and the grotto will be open to all well-behaved children.
For full details of this as well as our full autumn programme, please go to www.longshopmuseum.co.uk.
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