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Sizewell A's history goes on display

An upcoming exhibition at the Long Shop Museum in Leiston has recently benefitted from the donation of a painting depicting the construction of Sizewell A Site – one of the most important engineering projects in Britain at the time.

The painting will feature in an upcoming exhibition alongside a series of photographs taken by Libby Hall in 1966, who documented the lives of those who drank in The Engineer pub, which was opposite Garrett’s engineering works in the town, which now houses the museum.

The painting was completed in 1962 by Suffolk artist Kenneth Cuthbert and depicts Sizewell A at the height of its construction work. The painting was donated by Magnox, who are currently decommissioning the site.

Pete Montague, Sizewell A Closure Director said: “I am delighted to have made the donation of this painting on behalf of Magnox. It is an important historical record which I am pleased can now be viewed by members of the community and visitors to the local area.”

Anna Mercer, Curator at the Long Shop Museum added: “We are extremely grateful to Magnox for this kind donation. It perfectly complements the photographs in this exhibition and the wider industrial heritage of the local area which is also on display at the Long Shop.”

The exhibition of photographs was widely acclaimed when displayed earlier this year at The Cut in Halesworth as part of the PhotoEast festival, and it will be on view at the Long Shop Museum from 27 August to 11 September. Magnox also contributed towards the funding of this exhibition through its ‘good neighbour’ Socio-Economic scheme.