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Southend’s Phone Box History As Told By Dame Helen Mirren

On Saturday, The Clifftown Telephone Museum, Britain’s smallest museum was installed where Dame Helen Mirren will introduce families to the Victorian heritage of Southend.

This quirky museum is an old 1935 telephone box which has been restored back to its original form, and will be decorated insideby mosaics created by local school students.

The Museum was officially installed on Alexandra Road thanks to the Clifftown Conservation Society. The nationalLottery awarded the Conservation society £9,800 back in January and now this exciting project is nearing completion.

This Year the Clifftown Conservation Area is celebrating 160 years since the first brick was laid in the area, designating it as a specific area of conservation.

The phone box will include a lectern placed on one side depicting the history of the area and a talking solar post will stand on the other side.

Dame Helen, who grew up in Southend and attended St Bernard’s High school in Westcliff, has recorded a verbal introduction for the museum other local residents have also made recordings all talking about the history of the area.

Laura Khan from the Conservation Society has been the driving force behind this project for the last two years, she has stated that she was delighted with the progress of the projects even before Dame Helen offered to take part.

It is hoped the project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will enable Southend residents and visitors alike to discover the history of Southend.

We here at Southend Airport Business Park are excited by these types of projects happening right on our very owndoorstep. Southend has lots of great history and we are pleased that visitors and residents will be able to learn about it in a fun way.

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