Works in Wartime: Living History & Vintage Fair at Leiston Long Shop

PUBLISHED: 13:09 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:09 12 April 2017

Wartime Work at Leiston Long Shop Museum

Wartime Work at Leiston Long Shop Museum


Keep calm, and carry on down to the Long Shop Museum in Leiston for a trip back in time to the 1940s

Saturday May 27, 10am-4pm

Keep calm, and carry on down to the the Long Shop Museum in Leiston, Suffolk for a trip back in time to the 1940s. Housed on the site of Garrett Engineering Works, ‘the closest factory to Germany’, this is the ideal backdrop to see what life was like on the home front during the Second World War. This Living History event includes a range of exhibits, activities and stalls to ensure a lovely day out for the whole family.

Meet uniformed characters including those from the Royal Norfolk Regiment Re-enactment group and learn all about rationing, how to join the home guard, what to do with an unexploded bomb, and what it was like to be a Land Girl. Don your `40s finery and Allied uniforms for ongoing entertainment with music, song and dance. Tap your toes to The Hop House Vintage Gramophone DJ and get your dancing shoes on to make it swing with Chocks Away. Peruse retro stalls for memorabilia or a bit of antique chic, pop in to the pop-up vintage cafe with pots of tea and delicious homemade cake or quench your thirst at the Coot and Moorhen Bar.

See Military and civilian vehicles from the era, explore a real Morrison shelter and to make local history come alive, you can find out what was happening at Garrett Works during the war including naval gun and munitions production. Check out displays from other local museums and airfields and see engines in steam.

During the evening Leiston Film Theatre Support Club is presenting the Swing Machine Big Band which is part of a wider programme of Leiston Town Weekend Celebrations including a Vintage Family Day at Victory Road Park complete with themed parade, tug-of war, bake-off and more.

The museum event runs from 10am-4pm and all proceeds support the ongoing work of the Long Shop Museum, which is a registered charity.

Check the museum website or phone 01728 832189 for details.

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