Museum History
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1991/6Bulletin / June 1991MEDIEVAL LIFE SEMINAR / This was a very successful Seminar, attended by delegates from all over the country. It is anticipated that papers will be published and available towards the end of the year.
1991/6Bulletin / June 1991SHEEP DOG TRIALS / This year's Novice Trials were once again a successful and enjoyable event with 3,500 visitors enjoying some good trialing. Thirty dogs were entered in the 2 classes and the Karova Farms Challenge Cup was won by Colin Lutman from Easthampnett.

One of the highlights of the day for the public was watching Judge Eamon Lawless give a demonstration of rounding up geese with his two dogs.

John Dewey once again demonstrated sheep shearing of the Museum's Romneys and Southdowns, a task he has continued to do over the last few weeks.

We are most grateful to Roger Linley, Shepherd to Karova Farms, for all his hard work in directing the course for the day our sponsors, Carringdale Motors, Deosan Animal Health Products and Goodrowes of Chichester. The West Sussex Guild of Spinners and Weavers once again spun a fleece from sheep to waistcoat and other demonstrations were given by the West Sussex Guild of Lacemakers.
1991/6Bulletin / June 1991FUTURE EVENTS / The Moth Barbeque will soon be taking place at Sindles Farm. This has proved a very popular event and has been fully booked for some time.

A lecture on Farm Buildings of the Eastern High Weald 1450-1750 will be given by Mr D Martin in Crawley Hall on 3 July at 7.00pm. There are still a number of places available for this interesting evening and enquiries should be made to the Museum Office.

The Southern Early Music Forum will be with us from 2-5om on 7 July.

The Show for Rare and Traditional Breeds takes place on 21 July. This usually proves to be a most enjoyable day though unfortunately we shall not have pigs at the Show due to the Blue Ear Disease.

Penny Royal Theatre will be starting the Summer Season at the Museum on 23 July, with performances daily (except Mondays) until the end of August. The Box Office at Hammick's Bookshop, East Street, Chichester, will be open for bookings from 1 July.

July 27 sees the Morris Dancers at the Museum at 2.30 pm.

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1991/6Bulletin / June 1991HEAVY HORSES DAY / This was an excellent day for all concerned, with a range of demonstrations from ploughing and timber loading to skills tests. It was good to see Fuller's, Young's and Sampson's Breweries with their turn-outs, with Mr Tribe of Young's giving a most impressive display of heavy horsemanship in a very tight arena.
1991/6Bulletin / June 1991OPENING OF THE BRICK EXHIBITION / A successful opening took place in May, well attended by Redland Bricks/Seaward Homes/Museum personnel and guests. Fortunately the sun shone down on the righteous but has scarcely been seen since! The demonstration of brick making put on by Redland Bricks added extra interest to the day and was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991PUBLICITY / We have worked hard during July and August to increase our visitor numbers and we have taken stands or the caravan to a number of venues. These have included The Friary Centre in Guildford and locations in Chichester, Petworth, Midhurst, Selsey, Bognor, The Witterings and the Southdown Sheep Centenary at Glynde, Nr Lewes. Thanks go to all volunteers who have manned the stands or the caravan, particularly to Peter and Ruth Stock.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991VISITORS / Since the last Bulletin there have been several major events at the Museum all of which have swelled visitor numbers to the extent that they have surpassed those for the same period last year by approximately 7,500. Both the Rare Breeds Show, with a record for any attendance at the Museum of 5,500, and the Natural World Craft Fair, which attracted 7.500 people over the three days, were extremely successful occasions.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991STAFF / We send our best wishes to Geoff Kent and Percy North who are currently convalescing after surgery. It is good to know they are well on the way to full recovery. Good wishes also go to Alf Bryden who has been unwell and we look forward to seeing them all again at the Museum before too long.

We are very pleased to welcome Gill Clifton who joined the staff in July. Gill has taken over the book keeping from Percy and was well and truly thrown in at the deep end when Percy was admitted to hospital. Keep up the good work Gill!

Retirement: Thanks go to Eve Becher, one of our volunteers, for all the help she has given the Museum over many years. We wish her a happy retirement and hope she will continue to come to events here as a visitor.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991UNINVITED GUESTS / We were all saddened to hear of the break-in to the Museum offices at the beginning of August - a most professional job which is unfortunately a sign of the times. Let's hope the culprits will be caught and that it will not happen again
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991PENNY ROYAL / The Penny Royal Open Air Theatre has enjoyed a good season at the Museum and despite the threat of rain on occasions, very few performances were actually cancelled. I am sure many of you took advantage of the Theatre being here and enjoyed the plays. The World Premier of The Education of Little Tree also took place at the end of August and if you missed it, be sure to see the film.
(NB for the database June 2007: Education of Little Tree was not a Penny Royal production)
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991THE NATURAL WORLD CRAFT FAIR / Another successful event organised by Virginia took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Exhibits depicted animals, birds and plants in a wide variety of crafts including painted pebbles, wood sculpture, pressed flowers, jewellery and rocking horses. A separate marquee displayed information on local conservation groups and demonstrations of rural crafts took place around the Museum. Thanks go to Virginia and her helpers and also to the exhibitors for such high quality crafts. Exact figures are not yet available but this event has certainly been effective in raising much needed funds for the Reigate Project.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991AUGUST EVENTS / During August we held a successful daily programme of demonstrations by members of staff and external craftsmen. These ranged from Roger Champion (furniture making), Bob Powell (working on collection conservation), Albert Peacock (spar making), Tim Wade (wood-turning with a pole lathe) and Jeremy Atkinson (clog making). Apologies to all those who contributed but we have been unable to mention.

One of the main August attractions (not mentioned above!) was a traditional charcoal burn by Alan Waters and his own version of this appears later.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991FROM THE COLLECTIONS / The last two months have been relatively quiet as far as new acquisitions go. This lull is welcome owing to the ongoing cataloguing backlog due to several large acquisitions in the Spring. Recently dealt with are two good donations of dairying and cobbling items. Awaiting attention is one large donation of mainly mixed craftsmen's and agricultural tools.

Despite the lull new items have still arrived at the Museum. Three things stand out. Firstly, a fine horse drawn lawn mower made by Green & Son Ltd of London. This, I hope, will form a project for restoration for Walter, George, John and other interested persons during the Winter. Secondly, a roller mill made by Hunt of Earls Colne; this is in superb condition, and with suitable power (the mil wheel perhaps) will be ideal for rolling oats for our livestock. Thirdly, via Alan Waters, our charcoal burner, an interesting set of cart horse harness. This dates from circa 1900-1910 and has monogrammed decorations for someone nam \\
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991HARVEST / The Museum's harvest has been safely gathered in by Dave Gabbitas, Mick Betsworth, Albert Peacock and other helpers. The ricks are being thatched and will be threshed as usual by Bert Dibben on October 26 and 27th.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991BAYLEAF GARDEN / The garden at Bayleaf was featured during the month on Woman's Hour. Gardeners' World also came to do some filming for a future programme, so keep a look out for this.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991RARE BREEDS SHOW / Congratulations to Virginia Lyon, Richard Pailthorpe and all the volunteers for making the Rare Breeds Show such a success. The new site worked well and it was good to see a record number of visitors enjoying themselves.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991LURGASHALL MILL / Neill the Miller is looking for some unusual wholemeal recipes to add to those in the new Mill Recipe Book which is being put together at the moment. Several very tasty experiments have taken place at the Museum's caf
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991PORK / We have a regular supply of pork from our Toll Cottage pigs, and anyone interested in purchasing some at any time should contact Lynn Shaw in the Office.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991JUNIOR FRIENDS / The Museum Junior Friends' Summer Activities Week had as its theme 'Going to Market', and involved every aspect of the life of the Museum. The 37 children aged between 7 and 12 who joined in the activities, led by 6 full and 8 part time helpers, enthusiastically joined in the spirit of the week when they first met on Saturday 27th July. They received a special Market Charter from the Deputy Mayor of Chichester in the Guildhall, Priory Park; gathered ideas from the Market Exhibition at the Chichester District Museum and bid for Southdown Sheep auctioned for them under the portico of the City Council Chambers. The children found plenty of ideas, and had no problem getting started on production of items for sale in the Museum Market Day the following Thursday afternoon.

Over the five days the children learnt many new skills and were able to offer for sale to their parents and Museum visitors pot pouri, fresh herbs, sweets, pressed flowers, book marks of macrame, dyed wools, felt purses, \\
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991FORTHCOMING EVENTS / 14th September - Early Music Forum at Bayleaf
19th - 23rd September - Museum Trip to Northern European Open Air Museums
28th September - Livery Company Day
29th September - APPLE DAY
1st - 3rd October - Timber Frame Repair Workshop - Fully Booked.
2nd October - Friends Committee Meeting 4.00pm
1st November - Friends Slindon Dinner
15th November - Volunteers' Forum and End of Season Party. 6.30pm in the Assembly Rooms Chichester
19th December - Carol Service
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