Sponsor a Paver

Be a part of the path at Prittlewell Priory The path transports visitors from the visitor centre to the restored Prittlewell Priory and all the special, personal messages engraved in the high quality natural stone pavers will form a permanent feature in the Priory Path. If you'd like to have a paver inscribed and added to the path, contact Prittlewell Priory and it will be laid in the next phase. Create a special memory and let your message become a part of Prittlewell history! “ It is a wonderful park and building; a chance for everyone to be a part of Southend’s history.”
- Phill Jupitus Please visit Prittlewell Priory or Central Museum to pick up an application form or email for more information.

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. Friends of Southend Museum also have free use of the Cliff Lift (on presentation of current Membership Card). 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 7.30pm, unless otherwise specified. All are welcome to join the meetings, a small donation from visitors is encouraged. For more information please download the PDFs below: 1. Visits - Download 2. Supporting Southend Museums - Download 3. Membership - Download

Volunteer with Us

We have a number of opportunities to volunteer within the Southend Museums Service. If you would like to become a volunteer at one of our branches, including the Cliff Lift, then email our Volunteer Support Team. Please note the minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Donating an Item to Southend Museums

Do you have an interesting item you would like to donate? Please email an image of your item to We are unable to accept donations without an arranged appointment.
Please note that Southend Museums Service only accepts items which fall within its Collection Policies. Our collections policy may be downloaded here.

Thank you for supporting

the Museums Service

When you visit our branches, or attend an event/exhibition, you play an important part in keeping our service alive. Our branches are free entry - but if you enjoy your visit, we have donation boxes available and gift shops which feed directly back into our service.

Have you ever thought about volunteering with us? Our volunteers are helping us to keep our services fresh, fun and available to future generations!