The Maeldune Heritage Centre
“Maeldune” is the Saxon spelling of Maldon and means “a cross on the hill”. The Centre is run by the Maeldune Trust, a registered Charity, in partnership with Maldon Town Council. The Maeldune Trust comprises representatives of The Town Council, The Maldon Society, The Essex Guild of Craftsmen, the Maldon Twinning Association and other notable local organisations.
The Heritage Centre is home to the Maldon Embroidery, a masterpiece 42ft in length created to celebrate 1000 years of Maldon’s history from the Battle of Maldon in 991 to the unveiling of the Embroidery in 1991. The Maldon Society displays include local archive material and a video interview with the designer of the Embroidery, Humphrey Spender. The Maldon Society also provide the Oral Listening Post at the Centre with stories of the embroidery and local history.
Our Exhibition Hall displays work of local artists and groups. We have a new exhibition every three weeks providing a varied programme throughout the year
The Gift Shop showcases a wide range of products specialising in the work of local craftspeople providing unique, unusual gifts to buy, including Maldon Honey, Maldon Salt, Maldon Chocolate, Maldon Soap and Tiptree preserves.
Talks on the Maldon Embroidery are available to groups and individuals by prior arrangement for a modest donation. Visits can be arranged outside our opening hours on request.
The Millennium Trust was created primarily to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Maldon in 991 and the year of events culminated in the re-enactment of the Battle in August 1991. To ensure that Maldon’s “Millennium” year was remembered, the Millennium Embroidery was created, together with other local initiatives.
The Millenium Trust in time became known as The Maeldune Trust, with the objective of advancing the education of the public in the history and heritage of the town of Maldon, Essex and East Anglia.
When options were considered for a heritage centre in 1997, Maldon Town Council agreed to proceed with alterations to the ground floor of the Grade I listed Plume Building for this purpose.
The work was completed in 1998 and the Town Council agreed that the Centre should be administered by the Maeldune Trust. The Millennium Embroidery (now known as the Maldon Embroidery), previously housed in the Moot Hall was relocated to purpose-made cabinets in the Centre and is available to all visitors to view.
The Maeldune Trust
Registered Charity No. 802226