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Memories of Maldon - a unique oral history collection 

Glimpses into the lives of Maldon residents over the last 70+ years


To capture the memories of Maldon residents for the benefit of future generations, the Maldon Society has established an oral history archive, ‘Memories of Maldon'.

Two members of the Maldon Society have been recording the memories and stories of local men and women who have lived all, or most of, their lives in Maldon. This is a wonderful compilation of recollections spanning the years from the 1930s onwards.


Subjects covered include barges, fishing in the Blackwater, local industries, home life, the High Street, jobs, and war time. There are stories about boat building and sail making, childhoods with freedom to roam all day, wartime events, learning to swim in the Promenade lake and much more. The recordings from our Oral History archive demonstrate the wide variety of remarkable people in Maldon who we have had the privilege of recording. 

You can listen to the full recordings on this website or visit our Listening Station at the Maeldune Heritage Centre where you can hear brief extracts from a selection of recordings. The Centre is at the top of Market Hill in Maldon - CM9 4PZ.

Copies of our recordings have also been deposited with the Essex Record Office to provide material to assist those researching Maldon's history.


Please be aware that the Maldon Society owns the copyright of all these recordings. Copying of any part is not permitted.

Enquiries can be sent to

About the Maldon Society

Founded in 1957, the Maldon Society aims to promote and preserve the historical heritage of this town and its surrounding area by encouraging civic pride in the area and promoting co-operation with other organisations.

Protecting our heritage

The Society seeks to protect that heritage from unnecessary or harmful change, for example by keeping an eye on planning applications, particularly in the conservation areas, and by participating in local area reviews.

Sharing our history

We also share Maldon's history through oral history recordings and an image archive of photographs, videos and illustrations at the Maeldune Heritage Centre.


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