The Minories, Colchester

The Friends of the Minories


Latest News:

Exciting 60th Anniversary exhibition of works from the Victor Batte Lay Foundation and Colchester Art Society at the Minories on the 30th of May.

All Friends invited to the private view on Wednesday 30th May from 5.30 to 8PM.

For details see Future Events.

For our latest newsletter, please click here. (March 2018)

Great News! After the enormous success of our superb COOKBOOK, full of traditional and exotic recipes launched in November 2013, we have now launched the publication of four amazingly stylish NOTEBOOKS to treat yourself, your family and friends. For more information click here. (Reduced Price: £5)

Exciting development at the Minories! The Cafe has been taken over by Wilkin & Sons of Tiptree whose jam and marmalades are famous around the world. The Cafe which will now be called the Batte-Lay Tea Room will open in mid-October. For details please see

Thanks to the Essex Heritage Trust the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation entire collection can now be seen online with an introduction by Ronald Blythe. In order to view it click here.

Stour Valley Arts and Music: a series of concerts in East Bergholt organised by SVAM. See their website :

Roman River Music: For concerts by internationally renown musicians in atmospheric and unusually beautiful buildings in North Essex, follow this link:

The Arts Society (NADFAS): For details of a fascinating and enjoyable trip to Munich, with visits to galleries, churches, palaces contact Carol Pearson on 01206 385 102 or download a brochure here.

For exhibitions and events organised by Colchester School of Art at the Minories click here.


Annual subscriptions due on the 1st of July. Please, contact Mrs. Julie Cant at or fill in the attached form here

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