Maldon's No.1 attraction

A treasure trove of militaria, with stories of intrigue and ingenuity, the museum engages our natural curiosity to discover and learn.

Our Story

The story behind The Combined Military Services Museum by Dr Richard Joseph Wooldridge, Museum Founder.

The museum’s first seeds were sown one summer afternoon in 1968. As a 7-year-old boy, I was sitting in the back of my father’s car with my sister. As we passed through a country area, I saw a 1937 pattern backpack in the ditch. I shouted to my father to stop, which he did. My father and I went to inspect the find which had been dumped, and was full of empty paint cans. I begged him to let me take it home, and after a discussion, my mother and father finally relented.

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