Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities:

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Southchurch Hall Close, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2TE

Contact: 01702 467671



Southchurch Hall museum is housed in the half-timbered medieval manor house, which dates to the early 14th century.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Southchurch Hall museum is housed in the half-timbered medieval manor house, which dates to the early 14th century.

The house was restored in the late 1920s, having been purchased by Thomas Dowsett and presented to the town for use as a museum or library. For many years the Hall was used as a branch library but, following local government re-organization in 1974, when libraries were placed under the control of Essex County Council, the Hall was converted to museum use.

Southchurch Hall is now laid out in a series of period rooms, the great open hall reflecting life in the later Middle Ages. The solar wing displays life in Tudor and Stuart times, while the service wing is devoted to domestic life through several centuries. On the first floor is a Victorian bedroom.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

ideal setting for discovering what life was like in medieval, Tudor and Stuart and Victorian times, educational groups make constant use of the Hall throughout the year. Visitors are encouraged to touch and handle many of the items in the great hall, which are used in the exciting and varied educational work of Southchurch Hall. On entering the Hall, set at the centre of a small park, it is difficult to remember that you are in the middle of large modern town. This is especially the case when you are greeted at the entrance by Sir Robert, our very own Tudor lord of the manor....

The Southend Museum Service can help schools to explore different areas of the National Curriculum including History, Art and Science.

There are many ways that Southend Museum Service can support you in bringing the National Curriculum alive. These include...

Museum Visits 

Bring your class along to learn more about History, Science or Natural History. These may include visits to the Museum Planetarium or handling of genuine historical artefacts! 

School Loans
We also offer a school loan service where you can borrow many different things to really excite your class
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your precise requirements.

What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 30 children.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Please call for further information above.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, with prior permission.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Please call for further information above.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Please call above to book the guide lecturer.

What does it cost?

Child - £1.90

Teachers - Free

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

Most staff are first aid trained, please bring a Qualified first aider within your group.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Shop – prices start from about 50p.

Packed lunches can be eaten in the park where the museum is situated – weather permitting of course.

Are there disabled facilities?

Please call with your specific needs.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: History