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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’s 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.


Welcome to our new web site. We hope you like our new look which is designed to make it easier to find the information you are looking for. The site is now compatible with modern tablets and smart phones to allow you to keep in touch while on the move. The website will be updated on a regular basis to keep you informed about new things happening. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at all the exciting events we organise to raise funds for the beautiful garden at the Minories.