Thomas Plume’s Library is a charitable trust governed by a scheme made by the Minister of Education on 20th June 1952. The charity was originally founded by the will of Dr Thomas Plume dated 2nd September 1704.
The body of trustees consists of 9 people as follows:
3 ex-officio trustees being:
- The Rector of St Mary’s Maldon
- The Vicar of All Saints Maldon
- The Headteacher of The Plume School Maldon
3 representative trustees appointed by Essex County Council
2 representative trustees appointed by Maldon Town Council
1 representative trustee appointed by the incumbents of the ecclesiastical parishes of Heybridge, Mundon, Purleigh, and Woodham Walter acting jointly.
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
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)