Galloper Wind Farm Fund Case Studies:
The Long Shop Museum
The Galloper Wind Farm Fund (GWFF) aims to contribute to the appearance, setting, conservation, amenity, accessibility, and enjoyment of the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape specifically within the area defined as a 5km radius of Sizewell, the location of the Galloper substation.
The fund is administered by Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape on behalf of Galloper Wind Farm Ltd and is held by Suffolk County Council. A Panel meets once a year, usually in spring, to assess projects and award grants.
Any individuals, organisations or community groups within the catchment
area can apply for funding from the GWFF if they can demonstrate their project conserves and enhances the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape.
For the 2021-22 funding year, £2,505 has been awarded to The Long Shop
Museum, an independent museum and registered charity housed in a cluster of historic buildings in Leiston.
The buildings form part of the original 19th century works site of Richard Garrett and Sons. Garretts were world-famous manufacturers of steam engines and other agricultural machinery. The Long Shop Museum has excellent collections relating to Garretts including machinery, tools and many items that were made by the works during its over 200 years.
LED to the Light is a discrete project that is intended to enhance the accessibility and adaptability of the new Community Hub space that is being created at the Long Shop Museum. The work to be funded by the GWFF will see there placement of all fluorescent lighting fixtures in the New Community Hub areas with low energy, low UV LED fixtures and dimmable lighting solutions.
The GWFF grant will help the Hub become a safer and more welcoming place for all, with the new lighting further enhancing the adaptability of the space by offering the ability to change the mood of the lighting using zoned dimmers.
Moving away from older fluorescent fittings will also reduce the energy consumption of the museum – in line with their efforts to support the Leiston Net Zero campaign – and will improve the environmental impact and sustainability of the museum.
Fraser Hale, Operations Manager at The Long Shop Museum said: “Thanks to the support of the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape and the Galloper Wind Farm Fund, this upgrade will make the museum a safer and more welcoming place for all, creating a welcoming atmosphere without the risk of flicker and flash that fluorescents can present,and ensuring that potential obstacles are safely lit with diffuse light.
The new lighting will enhance the adaptability of the space with the ability to change the mood of the lighting using zoned dimmers and moving away from fluorescent fittings will reduce the energy consumption of the museum and improve our environmental impact and sustainability.
The minimal ultra-violet energy put out by warm white LED’s will ensure that the museum objects displayed in the area will suffer less deterioration whilst being shown to best advantage – further enhancing the museum’s overall sustainability.”