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Leiston: Busy summer in store for new staff at Long Shop Museum

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:08 16 July 2013

Inside the Leiston Long Shop Museum

Inside the Leiston Long Shop Museum

One of Suffolk’s top heritage attractions is increasing its work with families, schools, and other community groups this summer.

There will be some new faces at Leiston’s Long Shop Museum, with new appointments made to help the museum prepare for its ambitious future plans.

The Long Shop – at the heart of the museum – is a Grade II* listed engineering workshop, thought to be one of the earliest purpose-built production lines in existence

New learning and outreach co-ordinator Emma Jackson, a former primary school teacher, will be helping to expand the outreach work. With a particular interest in local history, she is already making use of her teaching and history background to take forward new plans for the museum.

A spokesman said: “Using her IT skills, Emma has also created a Facebook page and Twitter account to help people keep up to date with what’s happening at the Museum – take a look at www.facebook.com/Longshopmuseum

“Supported by learning assistant Ann Parsons, she will be leading the museum’s ‘family-friendly’ focus for the year, which has been funded by a grant from Suffolk Coastal District Council and a regional museums project.

“There will be activity sessions every Wednesday through the school holidays and new hands-on activities for children around the museum. Emma will also be liaising with local schools to encourage them to make more use of the site.”

The Museum has also been successful in securing Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) for its “Fit for the Future” project, which will provide professional support to help it prepare for future developments by improving its business planning and marketing, and making sure that staff, volunteers, Friends and Trustees work together to attract a wider range of visitors

The HLF is funding a part-time project officer and specialist museum consultants to guide and work with museum staff, volunteers and trustees, during the next six months.

Following the competitive recruitment process required by HLF, the newly-appointed project officer will be Anna Mercer.

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