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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.

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.


The Friends of Southend Museums Programme of Events:

All talks take place at the Beecroft Art Gallery at 7.30p.m., unless otherwise specified.

All are welcome to join the meetings, a small donation from visitors is encouraged. 



Wednesday January 17th
David Williams
A Melting Pot: the story


Thursday 8th February
Rayleigh Town Museum
Mike Davies
Illustrated story of the Museum and some of Rayleigh’s history

Thursday March 15th
Changing Face of Southend
Part 4 - West of The High Street
Bob Dalgarno
Some more of Bob’s wonderful pictures

Wednesday April 11th
Southend’s Wonderful Museums
Museum Staff
Collections, conservation work and stored surprises

Thursday May 10th
The Great Diary Project
Stefan Dickers from Bishopsgate Library
Extraordinary lives of everyday people

Thursday June 28th
Ken Crowe
Dismantling the Monasteries

For more information please download the PDFs below:

  1. Membership Form
  2. Supporting Southend Museums
  3. Visits Info



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