Combined Military Services Museum

The Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon is one of the country’s premier Military Museums. Our patron, and frequent visitor, Lord Paddy Ashdown has called us “a jewel” “worthy of national recognition”. Winner of the Museum of the Year Award for Essex, and awarded Visit England’s quality assurance award, the Museum tells the story of the British fighting force from the English Civil War to the present day with unashamed pride. Spread over three floors the Museum offers the visitor the opportunity to discover our military history in their own time. The collection includes tanks, medals, uniforms, firearms, swords and much more! The Museum houses one of the finest displays of Special Forces equipment anywhere in the country. Amongst the items is the only surviving Cockle Canoe from the famous Cockleshell Raid, clothing, weapons and equipment worn by S.A.S. trooper Rusty Firmin who led the Blue Team on the storming of the Iranian Embassy siege. We also house an extensive Special Operations Executive (SOE) exhibition. Exhibits include a complete set of German Invasion plans for Britain in 1940, a rare and complete 1942 W.R.N.S officer’s uniform, a home front collection and an internationally renowned fascinating Spy exhibition. We have one of the largest collections of firearms on public display in Europe, from flintlock pistols to AK 47’s and SA80’s, allowing the visitor to follow the development of firearms over the centuries. Although a Military Museum, the collection is so extensive there is something here to interest men and women both young and old, comments in our visitor book confirms this! There is a gift shop, refreshments available, baby changing facilities provided and air conditioning throughout.

 

Address: Station Road, Maldon, Essex

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