Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.
It’s actually called ‘The Long Shop’ as it was the world’s first purpose built workshop for assembly line production and as it’s output grew, it was staffed by engineers who designed and made ploughs, steam engines, peat harvesters, trolley buses, washing machines and more, which were exported across the world. As pioneers in the field of agricultural machinery the Garretts became figureheads and patrons of the local community.
Key exhibits at the Long Shop include several of Garrett’s steam engines including Consuelo Allen, the Suffolk Punch Steam tractor, Sirapite, the works shunting engine, a host of steam-powered threshing machines and much more.
The museum is open from late March until the end of October and delivers a diverse and lively programme of talks, exhibitions and events to help visitors and local residents alike engage with a fascinating slice of history. Steam and activity days, vintage fairs, festivals and concerts are all part of the seasonal offer. There are also loads of ways for families to get hands on with history through interactive displays, as well as trails and activities throughout the school holidays.
Check out the museum’s website for full details of events plus opening times and prices, or to sign up to the newsletter www.longshopmuseum.co.uk
Long Shop Museum
Adults £6.50, Children £3.50 (4-16 years), Young People £5 (17 - 21 years)