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1992/2Bulletin / February 1992W.S.C.C. HELP US TO GIVE SOME OF OUR TREES A MUCH NEEDED HAIRCUT / With the help of a grant from the West Sussex County Council , some of the mature pollards in the coppice have been repollarded. The purpose of this is two-fold: (1) to demonstrate the traditional management of these trees and (2) many have been loped by winds blown in recent years. Having them pollarded will reduce their resistance to the wind and therefore help to maintain the trees over a much longer period. Their regrowth period until they look attractive again will be approximately 7 - 10 years.

A very substantial proportion of the coppice on the Museum site has been cut this year as well as a number of acres on the Goodwood Estate above Charlton.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992WINTER OPENINGS AND HALF TERM / The dry weather during January and February has undoubtedly helped to contribute to the healthy visitor numbers total which stands at 3,500, representing an increase of about 5% on this time last year. An encouraging sign is that adult visitors appear to be up on last year and this is the sector of the market that we shall be seeking to increase this year.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992NEW STAFF / We are pleased to welcome Peter Albon, the new stockman, with his wife, Debbie, and their three children who have now taken up residence in Gonville Cottage. Peter has come to us from Wimpole House, a National Trust property in Cambridgeshire, and is experienced in dealing with farm livestock and heavy horses. Debbie will also be helping out by doing the cleaning at Bayleaf and other buildings on site.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992TOURIST PROMOTION WORKSHOPS / The Museum has been represented at a number of workshops organised by the South East and Southern Tourist Boards at Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Brighton, as well as the English Tourist Board's highly successful "Excursions", held annually during January at the Wembley Conference Centre. These workshops are targeted specifically at coach and tour operators and special interest groups. Let's hope we shall see an increase in party visits as a result. We have also joined together with the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum in targeting coach operators and offering a special discounted admission if a visit to both museums takes place on the same day.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992NEW LOGO / It's all change at Singleton, with, as you can see (at top of printed Bulletin), a brand new logo. This includes a drawing by Richard Harris and has been based on a design by the Robin Wade Partnership.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992REIGATE BUILDING / Work has now started in earnest on the next phase of the Reigate Building. Mick Betsworth has started to build the semi-basement and this will be followed by Roger Champion making a start on the remaining timber repairs. A special training day in pointing and mortars was arranged for the Museum by specialists from English Heritage.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992THE MILL / We are pleased to report the appointment of Mike Tighe as Miller and the addition of some new volunteers to the team. A new variety of wheat, grown locally, has been milled recently and reports from those who have carried out a test-bake with it should be coming in soon.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992HANDS ON EXHIBITION / The date for the opening of the special "Hands On" Exhibition will be 28 April. Its title will be "Getting to Grips", and the primary aim will be to give groups of school children an opportunity to handle and experiment with building materials and some of the techniques used in building construction.


As part of this new exhibition there are some activities which require the use of weights, both for weighing and to test the strength of materials and arches.

Do you have any weights at home that you no longer need? Ideally, we are looking for Imperial weights, or their Metric equivalent, up to seven pounds. The weights will not form part of the Museum's collections but will be added to the every day stock of materials that will be required to supply the activities.

If you think you can help, please contact me, Bob Powell, via the Museum office, or leave a message with the duty Warden.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992JOINT CENTRE COURSES / Oak Furniture in Replica Seminar
This seminar was held at the Museum of London in January. The Seminar was a success with the speakers presenting interesting papers which generated plenty of discussion on a controversial subject. Speakers included Victor Chinnery, who advised on the furniture for Bayleaf, John Clark from the Museum of London, who helped us with our medieval cart and Professor Derek Long, who has a unique collection of slides showing medieval carpenters' tools.

Historic Woodland Seminar
The Woodland Seminar proved to be a highly successful and popular Seminar; the response was tremendous and as a result we will be considering a repeat of the course next year. Many delegates had come to listen to Dr Oliver Rackham who gave a fascinating opening presentation. Other speakers included Jonathan Howe from Hampshire County Council, John Brunton from the Forestry Commission and Donald MacDonald, the Head Forester of Cowdray Estate. During the afternoon John Booker l \\
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992THE HISTORY RE-ENACTMENT GROUP / On 23 February Richard Harris held a meeting at the Museum of London with the History Re-enactment Group to discuss the feasibility of putting on a re-enactment of medieval life at Bayleaf. This team of people come from a variety of backgrounds and much research will have to be undertaken to discover if there is enough documentation on this period to allow an historically correct presentation of life at this time.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992TALK IN YORK / For the last twenty years the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at York has held an annual "Seminar" on timber-frame buildings and repair - one of many short courses it provides on aspects of building conservation. I have often lectured to the seminar in previous years but this year took a greater part than usual, as two of the four days were taken entirely by Peter McCurdy and myself.

As well as lectures and discussions we visited the medieval "Barley Hall" building which has been repaired and reinstated in the city's "Coffee Yard" by McCurdy & Co - a complex and ambitious project on a very restricted site. The students on the seminar were the Institute's own MA conservation students, together with various outsiders, including several from English Heritage.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992GIVING THE PARTIES A BOOST / We have been actively marketing visits to special interest groups and hope to increase the number of party visitors this season. To this end, we have sent out a special postcard to approximately 700 local history societies, WI's, Scouts, Brownies, Girl Guides, Probus Clubs etc.
1992/2Bulletin / February 1992SPECIAL EVENTS BURST INTO COLOUR / This year, new full colour posters will be produced to advertise our Special Event days. These will come in two sizes, A3 and A4. We hope that as many people as possible will help us to distribute these posters successfully, and make this a year to remember.
1992/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 8 / March 1992Picture / A picture of Geoff King with a group of School children
1992/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 8 / March 1992Visits to Normandy / The proposed visit to Normandy is over-subscribed, but Kay Coutin is organising a similar visit.
1992/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 8 / March 1992Joan Harding awarded the MBE / Roy Armstrong writes an appreciation of Joan Harding on her award of the MBE.
1992/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 8 / March 1992Picture / A Picture of Crawley Hall and Horsham Shop
1992/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 8 / March 1992Planning the Next Years / Nigel Stephens reviews the Past: contact with Bournemouth Polytechnic. Rescue of Whittakers; Holloway Hill Cottages, Godalming; Newdigate Bakery. Also the future: how to fund and use those buildings; need to improve entrance arrangements; and to provide permanent storage facilities. Nigel Stephens intends to retire, and hand over to Alan Hayes. Following Jimmy Woollings's death the Board have appointed Neil MacGregor-Wood as Vice-Chairman.
1992/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 8 / March 1992New Guide book Published in May / A new guide book has been written by Richard Harris and designed by Robin Wade Associates
1992/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 8 / March 1992Opening Arrangements 1992/93 / Open from March 1st to October 31st and Wednesdays and Sundays thereafter. Tickets: Adults,
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