TV’s Antiques Road Trip to explore Suffolk’s role in developing traction engine at Leiston Long Shop

The Antiques Road Trip will be coming to Lesiton Long Shop. Pictured are presenters Philip Serrell a

The Antiques Road Trip will be coming to Lesiton Long Shop. Pictured are presenters Philip Serrell and Louise Gostelow. Picture: STV - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk town’s pioneering role in the development of the engine will be the focus of a TV antiques show.

The Antiques Road Trip is visiting Leiston Long Shop Museum on Sunday to interview trustees and look at the role the Garretts’ family business and its machinery played in the development of the town.

Museum curator Stuart Hines said presenters Philip Serrell and Louise Gostelow would be visiting in their red Jaguar to learn more about Leiston’s history in the development on the traction engine.

“We were thrilled to hear they were coming to visit,” he added.

“You cannot buy that sort of publicity.”


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The museum’s collections relate to the Garrett family and its business, which was well known in the 19th Century for manufacturing steam engines and other machinery for export around the world.

The museum will also be open to the public.

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