Michael Portillo will be putting the Long Shop Museum in Leiston in the Spotlight in this Friday’s BBC2 TV show Great British Railway Journeys
Catch the Long Shop Museum on television this week when it features as part of the wonderful 'Great British Railway Journeys', and in particular, episode 10 – Stowmarket to Harwich!
The former MP and cabinet minister has become a well-known media personality, not least through building on his love of (and study of) history, to present the ever popular ‘Great British Railway Journeys’. This was piloted in 2010 and is now up to series 8. As well as visiting the Mid Suffolk Light Railway and Ipswich Waterfront, Episode 10 sees Mr Portillo coming to the Leiston steam museum to discover the world's first purpose-built assembly line. He discusses the history and legacy of one of the UK’s most intriguing industrial pioneers with the museums’ Curator, Anna Mercer.
This programme is being aired on Friday 13th January on BBC 2 at 6.30pm. Don't miss it! Or if you do, you can always catch up later on BBC iplayer.
And once your appetite is whetted, remember that you can head to the museum on the 1st April to see the engines in full steam (and much more), as part of the Spring Steam Up activity day – set to launch the 2017 season in style and reach out to visitors old and new of all ages!
The museum reopens to the public on March 21st, but is open for one-off events including an entertaining Quiz Night in February and terrifyingly good fun Murder Mystery Evening in March.
For details, www.longshopmuseum.co.uk