Maldon's No.1 attraction

Meet the Trustees

Richard Wooldridge

Richard Wooldridge

Richard is the Founder of the Museum. Having found a 1937 pattern rucksack at the age of seven, he promtly filled it with his Fathers wartime uniform and equipment and declared that he was going to open a museum.

After 36 years of planning Richard finally opened the museum in 2004.

Richard worked for Ford Motor Company for nearly 42 years, as an Engineers and later as a Technical Specialist in 3D printing, and has a PhD in the subject.

Having retired from Ford in 2019, Richard set up a 3D Printer manufacturing company – Raplas Technologies with colleagues in the industry.

He now splits his time between his business and the museum, as well as other charities.

Stephen P. Nunn

Stephen P. Nunn

Stephen P. Nunn was born in Maldon to Maldonian parents. Both his paternal and maternal ancestry has been associated with the town for centuries and includes both fishermen and bargemen. Stephen is proud of these ancestral links and has been passionate about Maldon’s history and archaeology since childhood. He spent much of his teenage years digging for Victorian bottles along the town’s former railway line. He was educated at All Saints C/E Primary and at The Plume School, where his love of local heritage was encouraged and nurtured by one of his teachers, the late Peter Came, and by family friend and local historian, the late Dr. W.J. ‘Bill’ Petchey. His interest in aviation heritage developed during his time as a Flight Sergeant in Maldon’s (1207) Air Training Corps and whilst a member of the Essex Aviation (Archaeology) Group. He has been engrossed in local studies and in promoting Maldon’s heritage for more than 50 years. Stephen was a founder member of the Maldon Archaeological Group in 1977 and has been involved in a number of excavations, including work at Lofts Farm prehistoric site, the search for Maldon’s Saxon burh fortress and, more recently an exciting dig at Beeleigh Abbey. He writes extensively about the district’s past and his articles have covered the Roman period through to the Second World War. He has been a regular columnist in the Essex Chronicle (main paper and ‘Go!’ magazine), Maldon & Burnham Standard, the Essex Countryside, local district parish magazines and bulletins, free newspapers and has even appeared in The Field, The Guardian, literary journals (including the transactions of the Margery Allingham society) and The Dalesman! Stephen has also appeared on television – including an item on the history of local golf (which he admits he has never played!) and Michael Portillo’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ and he has broadcast on national and local radio. He gives talks and lectures to local groups and on formal courses of study, as well as after dinner speeches. He leads guided tours of Maldon through Maldon Tourist Information Centre and as part of the National Heritage Open Days. He also gives sailing tours of the River Blackwater on Thames Sailing Barges for Topsail Charters of Maldon. Over the years Stephen has responded to countless enquiries about Maldon’s past and has corresponded with other authors about their research (including exchanges with the broadcaster Michael Wood about Shakespeare’s alleged visit to Maldon in 1603). As well as contributing to other people’s books, he has produced nine of his own. He is a Maldon Town and District Councillor, an Honorary Freeman of Maldon and former Maldon Town Mayor and is currently Deputy Leader of the District Council. He is President of the Maldon Branch of the RNLI, President of 1207 Maldon ATC and Patron of the RAF Bradwell Bay PG, as well as being involved with a number of other groups and organisations.

Ashleigh Percival-Borley

Ashleigh Percival-Borley

Ashleigh Percival-Borley is a military and gender historian having just completed an MA in War, Culture and Society and now currently studying an MA in Military History. Her past research focused on women’s history in a military context, examining discourses of gender and sexuality and how it interconnects with cultural representations of war in the twentieth century. She has researched widely on the SOE and the women who worked for F Section as secret agents during the Second World War, discussing how these remarkable women have been represented in popular history since 1945. Her future research will be in Critical Military Studies with a particular interest on women soldiers in the 1991 Gulf War.
Ashleigh’s passion for military history derives from her 13-year service in the Royal Army Medical Corp in the British Army, of which she served overseas on conflict and humanitarian operations.

Dr Victoria Ashworth te Velde

Dr Victoria Ashworth te Velde

Victoria is a Councillor and Cabinet Jr Member for Connecting Communities in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Her portfolio includes , social integration, violence reduction and equalities. She is also an independent panel member for the Judicial Appointment Commission.

Victoria is a published author on Commonwealth diplomacy and holds an MA in Diplomatic Law and Practice and a PhD in International Relations from the University of London.

She has worked as a Director in Higher Education supervising PhD students, has been Director of an international think-tank and has worked for two FTSE100 companies in media. Victoria is an active volunteer in the community and a Scout Leader, an England Squash Coach and set up a social enterprise to engage young people and improve community cohesion. Victoria is passionate about all things Commonwealth related and coming from a military family, is using her skills and experience to help to promote and preserve our military heritage.

Dr Dominique Bouchard

Dr Dominique Bouchard

Dr Dominique Bouchard is Head of Learning and Interpretation at English Heritage where she leads on interpretation, contemporary art, digital, publishing and youth engagement teams across more than 420 historic buildings, monuments and sites. She has more than 15 years’ experience leading exhibitions, public programmes and learning in museums in Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK.

She holds a BS in Applied Physics and BA in Mathematics from Columbia University in New York and received her DPhil at the University of Oxford in classical archaeology. Dominique has worked as an expert consultant for the European Commission, Council of Europe and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the area of museums, heritage and divided societies.

Jason Hulott

Jason Hulott

Jason is a digital marketing agency owner, historical swordsman and historical martial arts instructor.

He was co-founder of CavyRescue, the UK’s first dedicated pet rat charity and has helped many businesses and causes use the Internet to generate revenue.

In his spare time, he researches weaponry and combat systems from around the world with a particular interest in European and Japanese swords.

Dr Deborah Pullen MBE

Dr Deborah Pullen MBE

Deborah has over 25 years’ experience in leading complex research programmes, teams and businesses, with particular experience in the construction, defence, aerospace and engineering sectors. She has recognised success in exploitation of new data, information and innovation and the effective transfer of knowledge and development of skills.

She has particular expertise in driving organisational change in response to sustainability, measuring social value and in shared value collaboration and partnerships and was awarded an MBE for her work in setting up and leading the Government funded Construction Knowledge Transfer Network.

Deborah is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She is a Member of the Women’s Innovation Network, Chair of the Scholarships and Awards Committee for the Worshipful Company of Constructors and treasurer of their Charitable Trust.

Laura Bell

Laura Bell

Laura is an experienced museum professional specialising in collections management and leadership. Laura has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, an MA in Museum Studies and an Institute of Art and Law Diploma in Art Law and Ethics.

Laura currently sits on the Executive Board of the Royal Armouries as Director of Collections. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds specialising in firearms law and has served on numerous committees including currently being the Chair of the Museum Weapons Group.

Laura has worked in a variety of local and national institutions, on numerous exhibitions, projects and programmes and museum renovation projects including Jorvik II, the Richard III Experience in York, the £50 million Royal Museum Project at National Museums Scotland and is currently working on the Royal Armouries’ Master Plan.

Laura is passionate about museums, their work and value to society, particularly related to arms, armour and military history and its impact on the history of the world.