The Haven Plotlands Museum - Langdon

The Haven Plotlands Museum - LangdonThe Haven Plotlands Museum - Langdon

Essex Wildlife Trust has received generous funding from the Heritage Lottery.

The HistoryFrederick Mills outside The Haven with the family dog

The Haven is the last of nearly 200 Plotlands homes that occupied the site now owned by the Essex Wildlife Trust. Owned by the Mills family since it was built in the 1930s, it was still standing when the Wildlife Trust took ownership of the reserve in the 1980s.

The Haven was built by Frederick Mills and his wife Mena and they lived there with their two sons, Brian and Terry. Brian Mills also lived in the property with his family after his mother and father moved out of the area.

The Plotland properties were built by families (mainly from London's East End) who bought individual plots. Although originally intended as holiday homes, the Second World War meant that many families came to live in their Plotland homes permanently. The Haven is now a museum, dedicated to showing people what life was like during the difficult years of the 1930s and 1940s.

Visit the HavenA glimpse in to The Haven's washroom

The Museum is open at weekends.

Summer Hours: 1pm – 4pm Easter to September inclusive.

Winter Hours: 1pm – 3pm October – Easter.

The Haven is closed during December for Christmas Events, see the Whats On Guide for further details.

We are sometimes open outside of these times and can also arrange group visits, please phone to arrange. As the Museum is staffed by volunteers it is a good idea to phone ahead if you are making a special journey. Please phone Langdon visitor centre on 01268 419103.

Suggested donation £2 for adults, £1 for under 16s and under 5s are free

Volunteer

We are always looking for new volunteers! If you would like to help at The Haven then please contact Langdon visitor centre on 01268 419103 for details of how you can help.