HMS Leigh

Guardian of the Thames

HMS Leigh – Guardian of the Thames is a community lead heritage and arts project that aims to connect people of all ages with the history of Southend Pier, also known as HMS Leigh, during World War 2.  Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Arts Council and Southend Borough Council, this project was created as part of the VE 75 celebrations in 2020 however, due to continued support it has now become project that seeks to find new ways to be together during lockdown.   Sharing stories is a great way to help us all feel happier on dark days. Please do visit our Memory Garden and let us have your memories of people you want to remember.                        

The HMS Leigh Team would also like to ask you to save the date for May 6th-9th 2021 where we are working to celebrate the best of Southend’s WW2 history, exhibitions, inclusive art activities, performances, and engaging with local charities as part of the HMS Leigh Guardian of the Thames VE-76 Event on the Pier. 


Please do sign up for our newsletter or visit our Facebook page or Instagram where details of all the ways that people can be involved can be found.  Otherwise, to find out more about the HMS Leigh project – please do explore the website, it will be updated regularly.

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These photos were kindly shared by Southend Museum

Main image courtesy of Dean Trotter

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