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Southend Museums, Central Museum

SS2 6EW Southend on Sea, Great Britain (UK) (Essex)

Address Victoria Avenue
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Heritage- or City Museum
  • Architecture
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)

Opening times
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Status from 03/2020
Free entry.

Tel.:+44-17 02-43 44 49  eMail:museums  


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Location / Directions
N51.542212° E0.710614°N51°32.53272' E0°42.63684'N51°32'31.9632" E0°42'38.2104"

The Planetarium is situated on the first floor within Central Museum. We regret that currently there is no disabled access to this floor.

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 Central Museum is Southend Victoria on the Greater Anglia line.
Upon leaving the station turn right from either exit, passing the station drop off zone, the Museum's banner situated high on the side of the building should be visible. It is a two minute walk.

By Bus
There is a bus hub just outside the Southend Victoria train station.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

GB: Ekco, E.K.Cole Ltd.; A22 (1945)


The Central Museum houses collections of local and natural history and contains a planetarium constructed by astronomer Harry Ford in 1984.

The building

The Museum was originally built in 1905 as a free library, with £8000 of funding from Andrew Carnegie. The architect was Henry Thomas Hare.

The collections

The Museum 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.

The displays also include local and natural history and archaeology.

In May 2019 a new gallery opened to display the archaeological finds from the Royal Saxon tomb in Prittlewell, an Anglo-Saxon burial mound in the suburb of Prittlewell that was discovered in 2003 as a result of a road-widening scheme. The excavations unearthed a number of Anglo-Saxon artefacts that suggested a high-status burial; carbon dating has revealed that the burial probably dates from about 580 AD, and may have been the tomb of Sæxa, brother of Sæberht, King of Essex. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



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