The commemoration of the end of hostilities that ended WW1 has been a landmark feature at the Moot HALL during November. We were privileged to jointly host with The Maeldune Heritage Centre, ‘The Danger Tree’ augmented reality art exhibition by Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot.
Our participation in this unique event attracted hundreds of visitors into the MOOT HALL, people who would not otherwise have come into this historic building but were glad that they came. The advertising promotion organised by Maldon District Council proved highly effective and we are truly grateful that the visitors were very generous in making donations to what was a free exhibition, made possible by generous help with the running costs from Maldon Town Council and the overall management contribution by ‘Friends’ Trustee Theresa Byles.
Our heritage Manager, Paul Bonnici managed the event, liaising with both the organisers and the many volunteers who answered the call to help as Stewards. Paul’s commitment to the event’s management ensured that the visitor experience was first class – a sentiment that has been endorsed day by day on social media throughout the show. Well done Paul and thank you.
Anyone using the High Street in Maldon would not have failed to see and be moved by the poppy drapes marking the 100th anniversary of the Great War, hung on either side of the Palladian windows down to the balcony and making a suitable backdrop to the Service of Remembrance on the 11th Day.
Artists Marc Marot and Scarlett Raven also produced a piece especially for Maldon. This piece is about Maldon born soldier Benjamin Cobey, who died at the battle of Mons heroically saving a gun position in August 1914 but never received the VC for his actions, when his colleagues did. Historian Cllr Stephen Nunn collaborated with the artist on this piece, poignantly called ‘Those Measureless Fields’.