Construction-Identity Creation. Beecroft Art Gallery Exhibition and conference

Friday, November 2nd 2018

The Event

Unfortunately the Costume Society event was cancelled due to low numbers.  Why not book for the conference instead? It's a chance to see the exhibition before it closes in mid November. The event is organised by Southend Museums, not the Costume Society.


The Conference

Follow the link here to book online




The Event

Join Curator Ciara Phipps for a tour of her Beecroft Art Gallery exhibition "Construction." Afterwards visit the costume store with conservator Claire, who will outline the care of the collection and provide an exclusive opportunity to view the collection up-close.

The Exhibition

Pulled together from fashion and artworks from Southend Museums' Dress and Textiles collection, the Fine Art Collection, and through private loans, this exhibition explores notions of construction in relation to fashion, image creation and persona. Through physical, social and historical lenses, the exhibition considers how the construction of garments and accessories works to build a complete sense of identity.


By car

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, next to the Central Museum. The car park is Pay & Display. The Beecroft Art Gallery is to your left as you walk from the car park.

By rail

The nearest station is Southend Victoria, on the Liverpool Street line from London. As you exit the station, turn right onto Victoria Avenue. Walk past the Central Museum. You will see the Beecroft Art Gallery immediately after on your right.

If you are arriving at Southend Central, on the London Fenchurch Street line, the gallery is roughly a 5-10 minute walk away. Exit the station and once on the High Street, turn left. Continue straight to the end, taking the path between the Odeon and New Look towards Southend Victoria Station. Cross the road, carrying straight past the station and Central Museum. The Beecroft Art Gallery will be immediately after on your right.

For more information about how to get to the gallery, please click here.