Celebrating Maldon’s Living Heritage at the Maeldune Heritage Centre!
At the Maeldune Heritage Centre, we are celebrating a very important birthday - it seems like only yesterday, but amazingly, the beautiful Maldon Embroidery is 25 years old in 2016!
We recently invited the original Embroideresses who worked on the Embroidery for three years, to a special celebratory event at the Maeldune Heritage Centre in the presence of Maldon’s Mayor, Cllr Richie Miller. We were delighted to see so many of them again, as our picture shows. The photograph also shows Andrew Fawcett, who worked closely with Humphrey Spender on the original design.
A full quarter of a century ago in 1991, Maldon celebrated its very own Millennium and the famous Battle of Maldon, when the local Saxons lead by Brythnoth were defeated by the Vikings in 991. The creation of the Embroidery was one of a series of commemorative events that year and we are proud to be the Custodians of this 42 ft long masterpiece, which is displayed in purpose-built cabinets for everyone to enjoy. Designed by the distinguished artist and photographer Humphrey Spender, the Embroidery took three years and 100 people to complete, including 86 local embroidresses.
Come and join us to celebrate our Heritage!
From the left - Embroideresses; Wendy Munnion, Madeleine Howard, Judith Coker, Sheila Allen , Mollie Middleton, Pat Willis and Janet Reid. Also Andrew Fawcett who worked with Humphrey Spender on the original design.