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About Us

Welcome to Shoebury Heritage Centre: a local-focus, privately-run museum. Our archive collection encompasses the history and development of both Shoebury village and Shoebury garrison and our aim is to share our knowledge and artefacts with you.

The Archives were begun by Major Tony Hill in the late 1970s. He worked tirelessly for forty years to research the history of the area and to collect and preserve relevant documents, maps and artefacts.


Today, the Archives are cared for by a team of dedicated volunteers, who share a passion for Shoeburyness.


You are cordially invited to our Heritage Centre, where you can expand your knowledge through our exclusive collection and optional tours. Browse the exhibits at your leisure, speak to one of our volunteers, enjoy a relaxing drink in our on-site cafe, or make an appointment to see a specific item from our collection.

Our collection is ever expanding and we welcome your stories or photographs to add to this unique archive of our unique town.


We are passionate about preserving our collections but we are also in the business of education. We believe in providing learning experiences for children and educational opportunities for adults. With our temporary exhibitions and events, as well as our permanent collections, we are sure that everyone will leave our Heritage Centre with new knowledge.