“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 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’s photographic and video archives are available to view at the Centre, including a video interview with the designer of the Embroidery, Humphrey Spender. The Maldon Society’s Oral Listening Station is situated at the Centre with stories of the embroidery and local history. The Maldon Society’s Blue Plaque walk leaflet is also available at The Maeldune Heritage Centre. Local history displays from local museums are updated regularly. The Pride of Maldon Rose , photomontage and an information booklet about the history of the rose is available at the Centre.
Our Exhibition Hall is an eclectic and vibrant space to display 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 and artists providing unique, unusual gifts to buy, including Maldon Honey, Maldon Salt, 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.