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The Friends of Southend Museums

The Friends of Southend Museums is a Registered Charity (No 288219), whose aim is to support and assist Southend Museums and to promote their use and enjoyment by the public. This is achieved principally by raising funds, from which grants are provided to the Museums Service towards the purchase of items for the Museum collections.

The Friends have an active calendar of events and meetings, including evening talks (held at the Beecroft Art Gallery), outside visits, and an annual Christmas Party. Members receive a Newsletter three times a year, and are invited to attend private views of exhibitions at Southend’s Museums.

Friends of Southend Museum also have free use of the Cliff Lift (on presentation of current Membership Card).

The Newsletters, issued in the winter, early summer and autumn, provide details of all the Friends’ meetings, visits and other events, together with the latest reports from the Museums.

Thursday 9th March - An Evening at the Pictures, with David Simpson. another nostalgic look back at Southend on film, together with other films.

Wednesday 19 April - Shoebury to Stratford’. Ed and Jennifer Simpson will take us on a journey along the north side of the Thames, with historical and literary references along the way.

Thursday 11th May - The Changing Face of Southend, Part 3. With Bob Delgarno. Bob will be looking at the north end of the Borough, showing how this has changed over the years.

Thursday 15th June - The Story of Prittlewell Priory, from 1536 to the present. Ken Crowe will be telling us the story of the Priory following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when it was converted to a private residence. 

For more information please download the PDFs below:

  1. Visits
  2. Supporting Southend Museums
  3. Membership



Southend Museums Service is part of the Culture Section of the Adult and Community Services Department, Southend on Sea, Essex Borough Council