• The Museum aims to preserve the history of Southend Pier and
provide visitors with information on why it was built, how it has
changed, its important role during two world wars, survived
disasters, and continued to provide pleasure
for many generations. The Pier is part of our cultural and
sociological heritage and we are working to preserve and conserve
those reminders of happy days at the seaside.
• To display exhibits - some static, some interactive - together
with our collection of pictures and photographs and to provide access to
facilities for enjoyment and study of those objects.
• To provide a secure and stable environment for the objects in our
collection and to conserve each object in good condition.
How you can help
The Museum is a registered charity and is run entirely by volunteers
and unpaid professionals who enable us to keep this important part
of our heritage alive. We are always looking for volunteers in all
aspects of our work. During the summer months we need help to
operate the Museum i.e. ticket sales, stewarding, souvenir sales and
help to keep the Museum clean. We are closed in the winter months
but keep busy preparing for the next season. If you are interested
in joining our small but friendly team by helping with
documentation, restoration to some exhibits where required, general
maintenance and improvements to the interior of the building, please
see our Volunteers Page
The Museum does not have a regular grant income and funding is very
limited. In addition to the admission fee, we are always grateful
for any additional donations, either from individuals or from
corporate sponsors. From April 2013 eligible charities like
ourselves are able
to claim Gift Aid style top-up payments on small cash donations
without requiring the donor to provide a Gift Aid declaration.
Items of Interest
Like many museums, we have limited display space and cannot exhibit
all of our collection at any one time. We are always pleased to
receive any donated items that might be of interest to the general
public but may not be able to have those items on permanent display.