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The museum houses collections of local and natural history and archaeology and contains a planetarium constructed by astronomer Harry Ford in 1984. It also features a collection of original Ekco radios, manufactured by E.K. Cole & Co. Ltd. (or ‘Ekco’) formerly based in Southend. In the 1930s, this company was one of Britain’s largest radio manufacturers. They also host a number of events exhbitions throughout the year.


Prittlewell Priory is a medieval priory, built in the 12th century. It was one of the lesser monasteries housing not more than 18 monks. In 1536 much of the building was destroyed and what remained was altered during the 18th Century. In 2012, the priory was renovated to incorporate the UK’s first green visitor centre, which will take you back in time to learn about the history of the Priory and its inhabitants, and the objects that helped to shape the eras.


Located beneath the pier train station, the Pier Museum will bring back fond memories for some and will be a brand new experience for younger generations Here you can explore the history behind Southend’s iconic landmark. They have an original c.1890 toastrack tram, three original c.1949 train carriages, a working signal box, pictorial displays, some original “just for fun” working penny slot machines, and more.

Visit Southend | 2017 Destination Guide  

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