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At the centre of Maldon life for more than 600 years

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Help preserve this historic building and Join our team of Volunteers

The Friends of the Moot Hall Charity was formed in 2008 to help preserve and share the 15th Century Moot Hall with visitors and the people of Maldon. By registering as a charity (Registered Number 1127073), the Friends of the Moot Hall can administer the building as a living museum.

Our friends and volunteers are the life blood of the Moot Hall and are active, often behind the scenes. Some years ago, a couple of our volunteers started to take a close look at the old court records from the Moot Hall which are housed at the Essex Records office. The stories in those records offer a fascinating insight and small glimpse into the lives of those in the past, local social history and the ancestors of those still living in Maldon today. Over the last year they have been joined by several other volunteers and now a small team are busy researching the lives and stories of those who have walked though the Moot Hall in the past.

Visitors and Maldonians are invited to become friends and volunteer with us. Would you like to get involved? Do you have a few hours to spare? Are you interested in the history and stories of Maldon? To find out more please contact our manager Victoria

Here is what some of our Volunteers say about the Moot Hall and the role they play:

I think the best thing, for me, about being a volunteer is transcribing the Court Registers and bringing to life the people’s stories from Maldon’s past. Discovering the Social History of the Town through the Court Records. Delving into other sources to bring to life the lives of ordinary people, giving them a voice telling us how they coped with their sometimes very difficult lives.  Also working as a Team and being able to swop ideas and stories, with the aim of creating a searchable archive from the past for the future, held in the historical Building where it happened.  Chris

My interest in the 600 project stems from my years as a guide telling visitors about the exercise yard.  I love the fact that our research is bringing the names to life and fleshing out the stories.  John

Here is what some of our Volunteers say about the Moot Hall and the role they play:

Some buildings give you, what my children used to call, ‘the history feeling’, where the back of your neck prickles with the stories that have happened there. The Moot Hall is one of those buildings. I have always loved to visit and think it is a very special place, especially on the roof at sunset.

When I was there at the last Maldon Heritage Weekend, I stumbled across the 600 project to transcribe the court records. This was something I felt I had to make time to be part of.   Julia

Volunteering gives me the chance to do more research on the names behind the graffiti in the Moot Hall, and of those people who used the cells or courthouse but left no tangible mark. It enables me to further investigate the Moot Hall’s role as a fulcrum of Maldon life.  Steve

The organisation of the Friends of the Moot Hall comprises of three tiers of administration; Trustees, Moot Hall Manager and Team, Friends and volunteers.  We are a not for profit charity with all funds ensuring the Moot Hall can continue to be maintained and shared with the people of Maldon for many more years. The ownership and responsibility for maintenance of the Moot Hall remains with Maldon Town Council who have granted a 25-year lease to the Charity.  There are currently five trustees who oversee the charitable status, and work together with the manager to ensure the charities aims and goals are met.  The Moot Hall manager with guidance from the trustees takes responsibility for running the day to day activities of the Moot Hall as a museum, with guided tours, exhibitions and as a venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.

Get Involved

Help preserve this historic building and Join our team of Volunteers

The Friends of the Moot Hall Charity was formed in 2008 to help preserve and share the 15th Century Moot Hall with visitors and the people of Maldon. By registering as a charity (Registered Number 1127073), the Friends of the Moot Hall can administer the building as a living museum.

Our friends and volunteers are the life blood of the Moot Hall and are active, often behind the scenes. Some years ago, a couple of our volunteers started to take a close look at the old court records from the Moot Hall which are housed at the Essex Records office. The stories in those records offer a fascinating insight and small glimpse into the lives of those in the past, local social history and the ancestors of those still living in Maldon today. Over the last year they have been joined by several other volunteers and now a small team are busy researching the lives and stories of those who have walked though the Moot Hall in the past.

Visitors and Maldonians are invited to become friends and volunteer with us. Would you like to get involved? Do you have a few hours to spare? Are you interested in the history and stories of Maldon? To find out more please contact our manager Victoria

Here is what some of our Volunteers say about the Moot Hall and the role they play:

I think the best thing, for me, about being a volunteer is transcribing the Court Registers and bringing to life the people’s stories from Maldon’s past. Discovering the Social History of the Town through the Court Records. Delving into other sources to bring to life the lives of ordinary people, giving them a voice telling us how they coped with their sometimes very difficult lives.  Also working as a Team and being able to swop ideas and stories, with the aim of creating a searchable archive from the past for the future, held in the historical Building where it happened.  Chris

My interest in the 600 project stems from my years as a guide telling visitors about the exercise yard.  I love the fact that our research is bringing the names to life and fleshing out the stories.  John

Here is what some of our Volunteers say about the Moot Hall and the role they play:

Some buildings give you, what my children used to call, ‘the history feeling’, where the back of your neck prickles with the stories that have happened there. The Moot Hall is one of those buildings. I have always loved to visit and think it is a very special place, especially on the roof at sunset.

When I was there at the last Maldon Heritage Weekend, I stumbled across the 600 project to transcribe the court records. This was something I felt I had to make time to be part of.   Julia

Volunteering gives me the chance to do more research on the names behind the graffiti in the Moot Hall, and of those people who used the cells or courthouse but left no tangible mark. It enables me to further investigate the Moot Hall’s role as a fulcrum of Maldon life.  Steve

The organisation of the Friends of the Moot Hall comprises of three tiers of administration; Trustees, Moot Hall Manager and Team, Friends and volunteers.  We are a not for profit charity with all funds ensuring the Moot Hall can continue to be maintained and shared with the people of Maldon for many more years. The ownership and responsibility for maintenance of the Moot Hall remains with Maldon Town Council who have granted a 25-year lease to the Charity.  There are currently five trustees who oversee the charitable status, and work together with the manager to ensure the charities aims and goals are met.  The Moot Hall manager with guidance from the trustees takes responsibility for running the day to day activities of the Moot Hall as a museum, with guided tours, exhibitions and as a venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.

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