The Haven Plotlands Museum

The Haven Plotlands Museum

The history

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.

Frederick Mills outside The Haven with the family dog

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 Haven

Please note that the Haven will remain closed whilst the visitor centre is rebuilt.

For any enquiries, please contact our admin team at:
email or call us on 01621 862960

Small Haven Washroom

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. 

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


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.