Museum History
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1990/6Bulletin / June 1990JUNIOR FRIENDS / In the absence of an Education Officer, Nick Hutson and a small committee are keeping a programme of activities going for the Junior Friends. For this we are most grateful.
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990PETERSFIELD DRYING SHED / This building is now completed. Paul Russell and John Winterbottom should be congratulated on a fine job. The building is a significant addition to the site, particularly when viewed from Greenways Field or the bank by the Mill. Richard Harris is well advanced with plans for the Brick Exhibition. Redland Brick Company will be providing the materials for construction of exhibits.
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990DATES FOR YOUR DIARY / June 26th Executive Board Meeting & AGM of Singleton Museum Services Ltd
June 29th/July 1st Building Conservation Exhibition
June 29th Picnic Party for Friends, Trustees, Stewards, Staff
July 22nd Rare Breeds Show
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990VOLUNTEERS / As the Museum grows we need more volunteer stewards. We are aware that we are expecting more and more of our existing volunteers, and this extra pressure cannot be sustained. Everybody concerned with the Museum can help by considering as a priority the recruitment of more people.

The best people to recruit new volunteers are most definitely those already "converted". PLEASE GO FORTH AND CONVERT THE UNCONVERTED!

While asking for help, two major events are coming up. The Building Conservation Exhibition and the Rare Breeds Show. Both of these require an immense amount of extra work in the days before and immediately after the event. If you have any extra time to offer, particularly in the setting up of the Rare Breeds Show, please let Richard Pailthorpe know. He would VERY MUCH like to hear from you!
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990STAFF / The Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of a replacement for Heather Champion. This job has been re-designated "Assistant Curator" and as such the duties of the new post holder will be changed.

We look forward to welcoming Bob Powell in July. Currently working in Morayshire, Bob has a particular interest in social and agricultural history. His experience will be extremely useful to the Museum.
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS on his OBE / We would all like to congratulate Chris on this well deserved honour, and wonder what he will do
1990/8Bulletin / August 1990TRUSTEES' ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - CHANGE IN OFFICERS / Mr Derek Bandey takes over as Honorary Treasurer from Mr Jimmy Woollings, who becomes Vice-Chairman.
1990/8Bulletin / August 1990DATES FOR THE DIARY: / Board Meeting Wednesday 29th August
Deserted Medieval Villages by Fred Aldsworth Wednesday 12th September
English Brickwork by Dr Brunskill Saturday 6th October
Trustees' Meeting Monday 8th October

** Please note that the two lectures are sold out, but nearer the dates it is always possible that we might have some "returns".
1990/8Bulletin / August 1990WELCOME! / Welcome to Bob Powell, our new Curator, who is now in post.

We also extend a welcome to Frank Knight, our new Assistant Warden, who is now assisting Keith Bickmore and adding greatly to the smooth running of the daily openings.
1990/8Bulletin / August 1990(none) / This year sees a new direction in "Museum Publicity" - during August a television advertisement has been arranged which we hope will assist in lifting August numbers which have shown a slight decline over the last few years. TV advertising is expensive, and the advertisement is quite short. We will be surveying visitors' reactions in order to see if we can measure results. This survey work will be done by Gary Hodnett, who has previously spent time at the Museum on work experience from the Tourism Course at the College of Technology in Chichester.

Our Director has recently returned from two weeks in Russia, in his capacity as President of the Association of European Open Air Museums. We are looking forward to a presentation of the slides he took on his travels and a description of his experiences, in the Autumn.

The Museum recently welcomed a delegation of three members of open air museums in Estonia who were on a tour of the British Isles as guests of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museu \\
1990/9News Update Vol. 3 No. 5 / September 19902 Pictures / Pictures of the brick drying shed and John Chattaway harrowing with William behind a model of Bayleaf
1990/9Bulletin (NB - not dated - assumed September) / (none)DATES FOR THE DIARY: / 27th/28th October Autumn Activities Weekend
30th October Lecture on Ploughing and Threshing in different parts of Britain and Canada by Bob
Powell at 7.30 p.m. in Crawley Hall
1st November Friends' Luncheon in Slindon
12th November Volunteers' party at 7.30 p.m.
19th November Board Meeting at 9.30 a.m.
3rd December Trustees' Meeting at 6.30 p.m.
5th December Lecture on Sole Street and Scadbury Manor by Richard Harris at 7.30 p.m. in Crawley Hall
20th December Christmas Carols in North Cray - 7.00 p.m
1990/9Bulletin (NB - not dated - assumed September) / (none)(none) / At the beginning of September Chris Zeuner spent a week in Czechoslovakia on the Conference of the Association of European Open Air Museums. The conference themes were the presentation of folk traditions in open air museums and co-operation between open air museums in different countries of Europe. During the conference a number of Czechoslovakian open air museums were visited by delegates from 19 different European lands attending.


Bookings of Crawley Hall for social and educational purposes have been good over the last few months, and good use of the building continues into the winter. Southampton University is currently holding a series of WEA lectures in Crawley Hall on "The Victorian Age".

West Sussex County Council once again held their garden party at the Museum at the beginning of September.

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1990/9Bulletin (NB - not dated - assumed September) / (none)A CONTRIBUTION FROM ASSISTANT CURATOR, BOB POWELL: / The Open Air Museum has recently accepted from Mr and Mrs I Ovstedal of Bognor Regis, what is said to be the last beach bathing machine in existence. Built in 1905 by F W Jenkins, Mrs Ovstedel's (sic) grandfather, the "machine" was hired for use, along with dozens of others, on the beach at Bognor Regis. The machine survived through its subsequent use as a garden shed, until it was restored twelve years ago.

Essentially it comprises a blue and white painted shed with doors front and rear, mounted on four six feet diameter wheels.

Although outside the normal collecting policy of the Open Air Museum, this was the only place available locally with the facilities to give this unique reminder of Edwardian life a sheltered home.

The machine, which has never been on public display since its restoration, has stood in the owner's garden, and is already showing signs of deterioration. Its potential to gain the Museum publicity and public interest, both \\
1990/9Bulletin (NB - not dated - assumed September) / (none)(none) / Roger Champion continues to make progress on the repairs of the Sole Street frame. In the first week of November the catering tent will be removed and John Booker will start work on the groundworks.

Planning permission has been granted for the project and a tight schedule will have to be maintained so as to complete this building before the beginning of next season.

We will be cutting hazel in the coppices for the wattle walls as soon as the leaves begin to drop.


Robert Demaus has now completed repair work on Pevensey Windpump following damage in this year's gales. It is now mounted on its post ready to face the forthcoming winter
1990/9News Update Vol. 3 No. 5 / September 1990Creating New Friends / An appeal for new Friends
1990/9News Update Vol. 3 No. 5 / September 1990Interpretation at Bayleaf / Thelma Jack and her assistants are successful in their interpretation of Bayleaf to visitors. The audio tour presented by Time Machine is also available there.
1990/9News Update Vol. 3 No. 5 / September 1990The Wilson Collection / The Museum was offered to select items from the possessions of the late Dick Wilson of East Dean. Richard Harris recorded the house, which was one of the last houses in the village to remain unaltered. An unusual item was a game larder.
1990/9News Update Vol. 3 No. 5 / September 1990Winter Activities Programmes / This winter there will be lectures by Chruis Zeuner, R. W. Brunskill, Bob Powell and Richard Harris; also the Volunteers Party, Christmas Carols and Nursery Sheepdog Trials.
1990/9News Update Vol. 3 No. 5 / September 1990Welcome to New Staff / Bob Powell is our new Assistant Curator and Frank Knights our new Assistant Warden. In the gap after John Williams left, Dickie Finucane, Ray Finucane and Stan Snow acted as Assitant Warden
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