The design of the Embroidery was masterminded by nationally known local artist, Humphrey Spender. He insisted that it should not be called "a tapestry" as this was associated with something "faded and dun-coloured". Indeed, the embroidery is the complete opposite of that. It is alive with vibrant colour and originality of design.
The embroidery consists of seven panels measuring in all 42 feet in length and 26 inches deep. It commemorates the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Maldon fought between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danes (Vikings) by images of the history of Maldon from that time until its unveiling in 1991.
It took eighty six ladies three and a half years to complete the work under the leadership of embroidress Lee Cash, who worked with Humphrey to maintain a phenomenal standard of work using a wide variety of styles.
A guide book is available at the Centre, with translations in French and Dutch and postcards depicting scenes from the embroidery are for sale, as well as a pack of postcards featuring each of the seven panels.