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1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Visitor numbers at Easter / Year Good Friday Saturday Sunday Monday TOTAL
1984 1,834 1,645 2,174 2,954 8,607 (87% up on 1983)
1983 833 639 1,333 1,779 4,584
1982 2,204 1,701 3,014 4,010 10,929
1981 2,136 1,482 1,722 2,193 7,533
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Grants / The Museum is grateful to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers for a special grant of
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Mr & Mrs Kessler / Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Kessler who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding. In commemmoration they have made a donation to the Friends.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Country Fair / Walter Greenway and Joan Brooks need gifts as prizes for the Tombola and produce for the stalls. All items gratefully received.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Gary Browning / ... Has now taken over as charcoal burner.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Alan Waters / ... Is undertaking some wattle fencing at the Imperial War Museum as part of the reconstruciton of a Yugoslav partisan hideout. The information for the fencing was taken from contemporary photographs.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Demonstrations / The Plumbing Teachers' Association have again organised a series of demonstrations of plumbing skills for the forthcoming season
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Horsham / Reigate / Our Council of Management have agreed to proceed with this project in phases. The commencement of each phase will depend on the success of the new fundraising efforts now in progress. Application has been made for Planning Permission. Carol Hawkins (later Brinson) has commenced her duties in this respect.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Activity Book for children / Now available at 50p.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984West Wittering School / Now open to the public. We were pleased that good TV, radio and press publicity was achieved.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Traditional Building Materials Exhibition / This opened on time although the exhibition arrived unfinished and the Museum staff had to complete the work on behalf of the Area Museums Service. [This exhibition, researched and designed by Richard Harris, was funded by the AMSSEE and Building Centre Trust as a travelling exhibition. Its first venue was WDOAM, opening on 7 April 84. It visited 6 provincial venues in 1984-5, and had a London showing at the Building Centre 25 July - 19 Aug 1984. Parts of it then returned to the Museum and went on permanent display in Hambrook barn.]
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Junior Friends / Another successful meeting whas been held and special thanks go to Multi-Broadcast of Chichester for the loan of video equipment on two occasions.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984Easter Parade, Regents Park / The Museum received two First Class awards for turnout, one for the Sussex wagon drawn by Bob Robinson's horses and one for the timber carriage drawn by William. Both were also awarded special rosettes for pre-1940 vehicles.
1984/5Bulletin / May 1984West Sussex Rural Engineering Co / The reconstruction of the gun carriage for the Mary Rose Trust on our behalf by Peter Darby and Gus Pollard is nearly complete and will be delivered to Portsmouth this month. [NB The WSRE Co occupied premises in Charlton Farm]
1984/4Bulletin / April 1984Activity Book for children / This is not a guide as such; rather it is an exciting way of making children observe by finding, looking and touching.
1984/4Bulletin / April 1984Junior Friends / A successful first meeting took place on 24 March. 40 members attended in spite of the heavy rain and we received good reports from several sources.
1984/4Bulletin / April 1984Stweards briefing / This was well attended and it was encouraging to see some new faces among the stalwarts. As always it must be said that without volunteers the Museum would be in trouble.
1984/4Bulletin / April 1984Walkie Talkies [radios] / These have arrived and are now in use.
1984/4Bulletin / April 1984Shop / New shelving and fittings have been installed and will give more display space. New items on sale in shop - rulers, colouring pens, aprons, toll board tea cloth, hand-turned wooden ball point pens and some new prints from John Bigg.
1984/4Bulletin / April 1984Toll gates / These will be shut, and access to the main road will also be restricted.
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