Bringing History to Life...
Every object tells a story; in our educational sessions we tell stories using the objects and buildings, engaging the pupils with the subject matter in a way that helps to make history come to life.
We cover history and local history from the Palaeolithic to the post-war years, within the national curriculum as well as beyond.
We are currently re-developing our learning programme so for any enquiries regarding school and group visits, please contact our team by emailing MuseumsEducationTeam@southend.gov.uk
KS2 Museum Sessions
Explore artefacts from the famous Prittlewell Princely Burial and get hands-on experience as an archaeologist investigating Anglo-Saxon finds.
Anglo-Saxons: Art, Objects & Writing
Through a combination of workshops in Central Museum and in your own school, get hands-on experience of Anglo-Saxon art and history led by a local artist.
Delve into key art concepts through an artist-led tour of local paintings. Followed by an art workshop to create a final piece using the techniques studied in the Beecroft Art Gallery. Content & timings can be adapted.
How were the first human tools made? What did Southend look like during prehistoric times? Take a trip back in time from the stone age to the iron age. Handle real artefacts and discover the answers to these questions.
Victorians in a Historic House
Held in either Southchurch Hall or the Prittlewell Priory, explore the history of the building with a focus on the Victorian times. Investigate and handle real Victorian objects to discover their uses.
Educational Loan Boxes
Artefact boxes can be loaned for £15/week. For more information please email: Museumseducationteam@southend.gov.uk
Available for all educational groups, enhance your learning with this replica box, including detailed object information &
Getting Here by TrainTwo 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 Prittlewell Priory is Prittlewell Station on the Greater Anglia line. Those arriving on Southend bound trains should exit the station and turn right onto East Street, those arriving on London bound trains will need to with the station via station approach leading on to East Street. Continue on until you reach the traffic lights and turn right onto Victoria Avenue, after a short downhill walk you will reach a set of traffic lights where Priory Crescent meets Victoria Avenue. Cross Priory Crescent and enter Priory Park.
Getting Here by BusThe nearest bus stops to Priory park are located on Victoria Avenue and Fairfax drive close the Main Entrances.
Getting Here by CarThe A127 and A13 link Southend to the M25. From the north Southend is accessible via the A1, M11, M25 (Junction 29 - 20 miles) & A127. From the south, Southend is reached via the M25 (Junction 30 - 26 miles) Dartford Tunnel & A13. Parking at Priory Park is free and disabled parking is available
What teachers are saying...
“An awesome visit. We had an excellent time – very interesting and helpful.”
-Milton Hall Primary School