Art Gallery 

Covid-19 notice. Please note that due to current government guidelines Beecroft Art Gallery is closed until further notice.


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 fashion 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 fashion history 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

Essex Girl

At Beecroft Art Gallery

Until 17th October 2020

Alicia Paz & Michael Szpakowski

Beecroft Art Gallery

29 May - 7 August 2021


Beecroft Art Gallery Twitter @BeecroftGallery

Starting from 1st June


Beecroft Art Gallery

Temporarily closed

This Is What an Essex Girl Looks LIke

Beecroft Art Gallery

Temporarily closed

Sheila Appleton and Ian Smith - Retrospective

Beecroft Art Gallery

Temporarily closed

Wild Estuary

Central Museum

17 August 2019 - 30 November 2020

Getting Here

Getting Here by Car

We are located on the A127 just off the main junction between the A127 and A13. The Museum and Planetarium is brown signed off both roads.

Closest parking is at the Beecroft Art Gallery (previously Southend Library) car park just off Great Eastern Avenue (off of Victoria Avenue).
It is pay and display.

Alternative car parking is available at The Victoria Shopping Centre (SS2 5SP) just off the A127 and A13 junction.

Getting Here by Train

Two direct rail lines operate between London and Southend - Fenchurch Street to Southend Central (C2C line) and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia). The journey time on both lines is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The closest station to the Beecroft Art Gallery is Southend Victoria on the Greater Anglia line. As you exit the station, turn right onto Victoria Avenue. Walk past the Central Museum. You will see the Beecroft Art Gallery immediately after on your right. If you are arriving at Southend Central, on the London Fenchurch Street line, the gallery is roughly a 5-10 minute walk away. Exit the station and once on the High Street, turn left. Continue straight to the end, taking the path between the Odeon and New Look towards Southend Victoria Station. Cross the road, carrying straight past the station and Central Museum. The Beecroft Art Gallery will be immediately after on your right.

Getting Here by Bus

Multiple bus routes run regularly, with a major bus stop adjacent to Southend Victoria Station.


Victoria Avenue





Telephone: 01702 212511


Visitor Information

Opening Times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Bank Holidays: Closed

Gift Shop and Refreshments

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.

Gallery Accessibility

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. 

© 2020 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

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

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The Beecroft Art Gallery

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