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1989/3Bulletin / March 1989(none) / Many apologies for the lack of Bulletin in February. The Bayleaf Project, with the deadline for text for the Exhibition, and the urgency of completing the furnishings - in particular textiles, and domestic equipment, has kept everyone working at full capacity, and unfortunately the Bulletin had to take second place.

The whole project is proving very exciting for everyone, and the saying that you learn something new everyday is certainly proving true! Everything is researched to the minutest detail, right down to the correct stitch and thread for sewing the sheets for the beds together! Once we know what it is, typewriters will be abandoned for needles and thread! Some of the textiles to be used are really lovely, and the furniture being made by Roger Champion is superb. It is currently on show in the entrance to Crawley Hall. He spent two days in London studying furniture of the era at the V & A.

Tim Stanton has made prototypes for the Surrey Whiteware pottery, and is developing these \\
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Lord Watkinson retires / Lord Watkinson, the Museum's President, has retired. His place has been taken by Geoffrey Godber.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Cover illustration / A section of Ralph Treswell's Map of Sutton
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989The Bayleaf Medieval Farmstead / Chris Zeuner describes the development in interpretation of the Bayleaf Farmstead.
[A long article best read in detail] Main points are : the provision of an interpreter; an exhibition above the service rooms describing the research undertaken; stereo cassette tours; the Exhibition of Farming History in Redvins. Other items provided are: a cart, built by Keith Randall; furniture, built by Roger Champion and based on an inventory prepared by Victor Chinnery, and research by Richard Harris; textiles, using advice by Frances Pritchard. ; ironwork, based on advice by Ian Goodall, and made by John Lawson
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Recent Grants and Donations / Recent granters and donors include: Roayl Bank of Scotland, SCATS, NFU, Philip Hancock Foundation, Goodwood Estate Co. Ltd. , Bryant Group Services, Alsford Charitable Trust, Lavant Valley Decorative and Fine Art Society, James Longley and Co. Ltd. , MacRoberts Trust, Whiteheads, Seaward Properties plc.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Press Publicity / Press publicity was achieved in the Sunday Telegraph, the Times, The Independent and Country Living. T. V publicity included Channel 4's "Treasure Hunt", TVS's "Coast to Coast" and BBC's "Timewatch". In the winter the Museum was part of a special Best Western Hotel Getaway Break promotion.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Princess Alexandra / Princess Alexandra visited the Museum and stayed an hour longer than planned. She was shown round by Lord Watkinson and Chris Zeuner.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Food Fair / A traditional food fair will be the first event this year. F. Wilkin and Son have supported the jam competition.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989New Entrance Arrangements / New Etrance arrangements have been or about to be made. The car park area has been altered and a new pedestrian ticket office will be installed between Hambrook Barn and the lavatories. This wiil allow visitors to park the car and then enter through the new kiosk, which has been designed by David Russell.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Peter Minet / Peter Minet, the Museum's Vice-President, has died. The Peter Minet Trust has has given considerable assistance to the Museum.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Newdigate Bakehouse / The Museum spent much time in dismantling a Bakehouse in Newdigate. The building was given to the Museum by Mr and Mrs J. Callcut. It started as an 18th century timber framed building; then in mid-19th century the bakehouse was added; and in late 19th century the oven was rebuilt in brickwork. There was also a small workshop, believed to be a cobbler's shop. Every brick was numbered to permit exact rebuildinmg. Richard Harris surveyed the building and Heather Champoin led the dismantling, in which she was helped by volunteers from Newdigate and the Museum.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Advising on a Fort and a Theatre / Richard Harris has been offering advise to the Plimouth Plantation in Massachusetts and to the Globe Theatre Project in London.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 19895-7 Holloway Hill, Godalming / Two cottages in Godalming have been offered to the Museum. They started as a 17th century house of three bays with a rear chimney stack. An extension bay was added, and in early 19th cnetury the face was re-fronted in Bargate stone.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Reflecting on 1988 / Chris Zeuner reports 1988 was a good year: visitor numbers just under 180,000. Fine weather helped. Publicity in several forms: the Caravan taken to shows by Richard Pailthorpe; William, the heavy horse, and Bob Robinson's two shire horses at various events; demonstrations at the Museum; talks by staff and volunteers. Interpretation by volunteers is essential, and some training in this is necessary. Contact with Jon Roberts and Elizabeth Newbery is encouraged. The Bayleaf complex is well under way. The Newdigate Bakehouse is mentioned, and a late 19th century blacksmith's forge from Great Bookham, donated by the family of Mr H. Hamshar
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Miles of Battens for Chatham / In 1988 the Museum supplied 89,000 feet of battens for the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. The conservation of the Dockyard is being undertaken by Peter McCurdy, the architect being Martin Caroe, both well known to us. Other projects getting battens were Leigh Court Barn, and Stokesay Castle The battens were made by Albert Peacock and George Marshman from chestnut coppiced from Brandy Hole Lane.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989The Museum's Collecting Policy / Chris Zeuner reports that the Trustees have written Collecting Policy, and he reproduces it. He insists that all offers of artefacts must be referred to him, and not accepted or left at the kiosk. [The policy is best looked at in the original].
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989People People People / Walter Greenway retired as Vice-Chairman of the Friends and was replaced by Virginia Lyon. Martin Beale, Neil MacGregor-Wood and Michael Roberts are new Trustees. Doreen Andrews has resigned as Office Secretary; her place is taken by Lynn Shaw. Thelma Jack has taken on the task of interpreter of the Bayleaf Project, Fred Aldsworth has left England.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989A Volunteer at Newdigate / Walter Greenway describes the dismantling of the Newdigate Bakehouse. [This is best read in detail]. He makes much of the helpful attitude of the Callcut family, who organised a fundraising scheme which raised
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989School Visits Changes Could Affect the Museum / A recent court judgement has resulted in schools being unable to charge for educational visits. This may reduce the number of school visits.
1989/8Bulletin / August 1989MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM / On Saturday 8th July the Southern Early Music Forum brought five groups of performers to the Museum. Their music was enjoyed by many visitors, but sadly this event was one of the very few to suffer from rain this year.
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