Thomas Plume’s Library is a charitable incorporated organisation (registered charity number 1179957). This superseded charity number 310661 on 1 April 2019. The charity was originally founded by the will of Dr Thomas Plume dated 2 September 1704.
Under the Constitution dated 17 September 2018, the body of trustees comprises between five and eight appointed trustees, one ex-officio trustee (the principal of the Plume Academy, Maldon), and four nominated trustees (one each nominated by Essex County Council, Maldon District Council, Maldon Town Council, and the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of All Saints with St Peter, Maldon).
Trustees (from the Public Register of Charities) (Additional information provided by charity)
REVEREND JOHN FRANKLIN DICKENS
REVEREND STEPHEN CARTER
MR C A WAKEFIELD
DR JAMES BETTLEY, Chairman
MR CLIVE RICHARD POTTER
MR BENJAMIN DOWNIE
MR ROBERT ANTHONY DOE
MR ROY PIPE JP
DR ALFRED KNIGHTBRIDGE, Vice Chairman
A list of current trustees can be found on the website of the Charity Commission. http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/ContactAndTrustees.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1179957&SubsidiaryNumber=0&TID=2786317 ]
Annual reports and accounts for the last five years can be found here.
Any vacancies in the representative trustees are filled by nominations from the relevant appointing body.
Librarians of Thomas Plume’s Library
1705 – 1716 : William Scarrow M.A. (Master of Maldon Grammar School)
1716 – 1743 : Francis Thompson M.A. (Vicar of Steeple, Master of the Grammar School)
1744 – 1748 : Thomas Knipe M.A. (Vicar of All Saints, Maldon)
1748 – 1760 : William Hutchinson M.A. (Curate of Woodham Walter)
1760 – 1771 : Robert Hay M.A. (Vicar of Heybridge)
1771 – 1773 : Laurence Eliot M.A. (Curate of St Mary, Maldon)
1773 – 1809 : William Williams M.A. (Vicar of All Saints, Maldon)
1810 – 1844 : Charles Matthew M.A. (Vicar of All Saints, Maldon)
1844 – 1852 : Robert Crane M.A. (Vicar of Tolleshunt Major and Heybridge)
1852 – 1901 : Edward Horwood M.A. (Vicar of All Saints, Maldon)
1901 – 1907 : Alfred Wilson M.A. (Vicar of All Saints, Maldon)
1907 – 1917 : Leonard Hughes M.A., B.D. (Vicar of All Saints, Maldon)
1917 – 1944 : Isaac Seymour M.A. (Vicar of All Saints, Maldon)
1947 – 1966 : Sidney Deed M.A. (Retired Headmaster, Maldon Grammar School)
1967 – 1972 : Daniel W.Downes L.C.P. (Retired Assistant Master, Maldon Grammar School)
1972 – 1998 : Gwyneth Shacklock A.L.A.
1972 – 2001 : Olive Earnshaw (Assistant Librarian)
1998 – 2001 : William John Petchey M.A., Ph.D. (Retired Assistant Master, Ripon Grammar School)
2001 – 2003 : Olive Earnshaw
2001 – 2017 : Susan Belsham M.A., M.C.L.I.P. (Assistant Librarian)
2003 – 2004 : John Michael Hayward M.A., M.C.L.I.P.
2004 – present : Erica Wylie M.A.
2018 – present: Paula Thomson (Assistant Librarian)