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The Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Essex, was opened on 5 July 2004. It was set up by Richard Wooldridge to house a personal collection he had created over many years. A charity was established in 1996 to facilitate the funding of a museum building. A suitable property was found in 2001, a former bonded warehouse in Maldon. This underwent considerable modification to suit its new purpose. In the period of setting up the museum, the initial collection was expanded by donations and acquisitions. In 2007, a National Lottery grant was given to extend the museum to house the Donnington Historic Weapons Collection. These works were completed in November 2008.Use our Maldon trip planner to visit Combined Military Services Museum on your trip to Maldon, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Amongst the items in the museum is a Cockle Mark II canoe from the "cockleshell heroes" raid, Operation Frankton, as well as a large collection of Special Operations Executive (SOE) equipment and the Donnington Historic Weapons Collection. The Donnington collection also holds a replica of the Victoria Cross metal, a piece of bronze from a captured cannon from which all Victoria Crosses have been made. The original metal is still closely guarded within MoD Donnington. Amongst the rarest items in the museum are the Riggal Papers. These are the training records of Captain P M Riggal, an instructor in the SOE, found 50 years after the end of the Second World War.
On 7 September 2016, nearly 100 artefacts from the museum's SOE and Mason collections were shipped to the Musée de l'Armée in Paris for an exhibition called "Guerres Secretes" ("Secret Wars"), to run from 12 October 2016 and to 29 January 2017.
Combined Military Services Museum reviews
The museum has an enormous collection of quality weapons, uniforms, armour, military equipment etc. Many of the exhibits are extremely rare. The staff at the museum are very friendly and...
The museum has an enormous collection of quality weapons, uniforms, armour, military equipment etc. Many of the exhibits are extremely rare. The staff at the museum are very friendly and... more »
A fantastic interactive musem for everyone! The staff are so enthusiastic & knowledgeable. We took 34 children on a school trip & they loved every minute of it!
A fantastic interactive musem for everyone! The staff are so enthusiastic & knowledgeable. We took 34 children on a school trip & they loved every minute of it! more »
Honest David's reviews. Well what can I say WOW WOW and WOW, now I have been to many museums but this one is totally amazing. Set of a small rounder about in heybridge/Maldon you would never believe there was so much military stuff hidden away here. Honestly I don't know where to start!!! Guns, thousands, uniforms from 1700's to modern day, bullets from musket balls to mussels. Books, papers, medals... I could go on and on and on.. seriously you need to get here one day... It's stunning and so clean.. did I mention WOW... Good because it is. Full 5 ***** stars from me. Only because I can't give 6
Found this by luck searching the Internet, took my sons to it and found it really interesting. Loads of exhibits and interesting stories behind some of it. Reasonably priced.. would definitely visit it again and recommend to others...
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