Leiston: Engineering works fun day attracts crowds of families

Saffron Jackson and Bryony Lawson make a cog and gear creation at Leistons Long Shop Museums Sprin

Saffron Jackson and Bryony Lawson make a cog and gear creation at Leistons Long Shop Museums Spring into Summer family fun day - Credit: Archant

Suffolk’s rich engineering heritage was seen and experienced by families visiting Leiston’s famous factory museum.

Saffron Jackson and Bryony Lawson make a cog and gear creation at Leistons Long Shop Museums Sprin

Saffron Jackson and Bryony Lawson make a cog and gear creation at Leistons Long Shop Museums Spring into Summer family fun day - Credit: Archant

The Spring into Summer family fun day at the Long Shop Museum gave steam lovers the opportunity to ride on a working scale model of a Garrett traction engine and climb aboard the museum’s works shunting engine, Sirapite.

The day of historical fun also included hands-on practical activities and afternoon tea - all in surroundings once occupied by the industrial might and machinery of Richard Garrett & Sons.

The event marked a new season and new incentive for the museum, which lost out on a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant earlier this year but pledged to continue working towards creating a rejuvenated attraction for the 21st century.

After receiving a grant from Suffolk Coastal District Council and support from the SHARE Museums East programme, the museum is hoping to increase its appeal to families this year and develop opportunities for volunteers.


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