Friends of the Minories

The Friends of the Minories is the name of the association of supporters of the Minories Art Gallery. We have been organising fundraising events for the gallery since 1976. Our aim is to support the Minories by maintaining its walled garden and to provide the opportunity for mostly local people to become involved in the cultural life of North East Essex and of the many visitors to Colchester.

We support the work of Colchester Institute Fine Art  Design Department who have recently taken over the Minories. We are also supportive of the Colchester Art Society who will hold its exhibitions henceforth in the gallery, thus restoring its reputation as a showcase of excellent East Anglian creative works.

The Friends organise 4 to 5 events each year, mainly visits to places of interest, thereby enabling members and friends to contribute towards the upkeep of the Minories garden with its 18th century Gothic Folly. Both garden and Folly are registered with the Essex Gardens Trust of which the Friends are group members.


Please make a note of the following dates in your diary: Saturday 30 May 2020 and Sunday 15 November 2020

COPPED HALL, EPPING - Do join us on a special visit to Copped Hall, near Epping, on 30 May 2020. The visit includes a guided tour of this fine 18th century country house and its beautiful landscape gardens. 

ERIC RAVILIOUS - on 15 November 2020 come to our AGM talk by Jeremy Greenwood of the Wood Lea Press, Woodbridge, on the oustanding work of Eric Ravilious (1903-1942).