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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 9th January 2019
Hadleigh Village, Essex
Bob Delderfield
The rest of Hadleigh Village 18th Centuary – WW1

Thursday 21st February 2019
The wreck of “The London” part 2
Steve Ellis
Keeping up to date with the rescue project

Thursday 21st March 2019
Changing Face of Southend Part 5 - Towards Southchurch
Bob Dalgarno
Some more pictures from Bob’s growing collection

Thursday 18th April 2019
Ken Porter
Happy tales of past times in a very special Essex location

Thursday 9th May 2019
Slavery and the City
David Williams
Trade and slavery 16th to early 19th century, still a sensitive subject

Thursday 13th June 2019
What might have been!
Ken Crowe
- in and around Southend.

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