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Southend Museums Service is part of the Culture Section of the Place Department, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Beecroft Art Gallery has a permanent collection of over 2000 works, ranging from 17th-century Dutch paintings to contemporary works.

 

The collection includes examples by artists such as Molenaer, Ruisdael and Berchem plus 19th-century artists including Rossetti, Constable and Edward Lear. There are works by Carel Weight, the Great Bardfield Group, and a fine bronze by Jacob Epstein. The local artist Alan Sorrell is represented by his Drawings of Nubia series depicting a visit to Egypt prior to the building of the Aswan Dam. The Thorpe Smith Collection of local landscape views contains paintings, drawings and prints from as early as 1803.

 

Southend Museums Service has been acquiring costume as part of its social history collection since opening in the 1970s. The collections have subsequently been re-housed at the Beecroft Art Gallery and costume exhibitions take place there once a year.

The collections' main strengths are the decades from the 1920s to the 1970s but there are important earlier pieces, most notably a rare, 17th century slap sole shoe. Not surprisingly, beach wear is a major area of collection: in 2009 Southend received a donation of 500 bathing suits from private collector, Mavis Plume. They date from around 1900 to the 1980s and include several rare pieces.

Current Exhibitions

This is What an Essex Girl Looks Like

Beecroft Art Gallery

9th November 2019 to 17th October 2020

Shape and Form in Photography

Beecroft Art Gallery

Until 9th November

Colchester Arts Society

Beecroft Art Gallery

Until 2nd November

Colour

Beecroft Art Gallery

Until April 2020

Getting Here

BEECROFT ART GALLERY

Victoria Avenue

Southend-on-Sea

Essex

SS2 6EX

 

Telephone: 01702 212511

Email: museums@southend.gov.uk

Visitor Information

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10:00-17:00

Wednesday: 10:00-17:00

Thursday:10:00-17:00

Friday: 10:00-17:00

Saturday: 10:00-17:00

Sunday: Closed

Bank Holidays: Closed

Opening Times

Visitors can stop for a freshly ground coffee, premium hot chocolate and speciality teas from our self-service drinks machine, which is located in the Film Area on the ground floor.

Gifts, toys and homewares can be found in our gift shop near the Welcome Desk.

Gift Shop and Refreshments

The front entrance is one level and all floors are full accessible by public lifts. A disabled toilet is available on the ground floor.

Limited disabled parking is available to the rear of the building. Access is through the Beecroft staff car park, which is located to the left of the entrance to the multi-story car park. 

Gallery Accessibility

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