Gallery: History day is a delight at Leiston’s Long Shop Museum

Children and families were invited along to The Leiston Longshop for a day of Amazing Machines. Kyr

Children and families were invited along to The Leiston Longshop for a day of Amazing Machines. Kyran Barnett and Alan Cardy making some models. - Credit: Archant

Families took a step back in time as the way of the factory was brought back to life.

Leiston Long Shop Museum is hosting various workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The most recent was centred around “amazing machines” with visitors encouraged to put their practical skills to the test.

They were able to see how a model traction engine works, make their own engines and meet some of the Victorian workforce.

Emma Jackson, planning and outreach co-ordinator at the museum, said: “We had more than 100 people through the door. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed themselves.”

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She said a number of visitors had also taken advantage of a special Leiston Residents’ Pass – where people who live in the town pay a one off fee and can visit for free throughout during the year. “It’s been very encouraging,” she added. “It’s all part of our new initiative to make the museum more family friendly. We would invite everyone to come along and see what we have going on.”

The amazing machines workshop is just one of a number of sessions that the Long Shop is running very Wednesday throughout the school holidays.

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Next week visitors will be able to meet Victorian firefighters and join in with some water based activities and make their own fire engine.

On August 21 there will be a series of music workshops where people can sing and play instruments, while on August 28 there will be Victorian games in the garden. Sessions run from 11am-3pm and for more details visit

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