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1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Visitor Numbers Down / The total number of visitors in 1992 was 151,000, a disappointing number compared with 172,000 in 1991 and 163,000 in 1990
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993FORTHCOMING EVENTS / 1 May May Day Dawn Chorus 4.30 am (Tickets
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993DICK HUM / We are sad to report the death of Dick Hum who, with his wife Mary, has been a stalwart volunteer at the Museum for many years. His contribution has been enormous and he will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues. We offer our sympathy to Mary for her sad loss.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993STAFF / We welcome Sue Rose to the Museum staff. Sue joined us six weeks ago as Museum Secretary at one of the busiest times of the year for the office. We hope she has not found the pressure too unbearable so far!

Many thanks to the volunteers, Ann Allen and Jean Piggott for their invaluable help in the office over the last few months. It is much appreciated.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993ROY ARMSTRONG / Those of you who know Roy will be sorry to hear he has been unwell during the Winter. However, we are pleased to report he is making good progress and we hope to see him again at the Museum shortly.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993VISITOR NUMBERS / Up to the middle of April, visitor numbers are 28,000 which is an increase of just over 1,000 visitors on the same time last year. This represents a good start to the season, especially when we suffered at the hands of the weather over the vitally important Easter weekend. Numbers for the Food Fair were not as good as last year's record total, mainly due to indifferent weather on Easter Sunday.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993LONGPORT HOUSE / Planning consent has been applied for and should be received shortly. Meanwhile discussions are taking place with Eurotunnel in respect of the fund raising. This will include the mammoth walk through the tunnel which Chris Zeuner has offered to undertake. Anyone willing to assist with sponsorship should contact the Museum office.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF OPEN AIR MUSEUMS / As you are probably aware, Christopher Zeuner is in his final year as President of the European Association of Open Air Museums. His appointment culminates in the biennial Conference of the Association which takes place in Romania in September. Our Curator, Bob Powell will also be taking part.

During Chris's tenancy, meetings have been arranged on a wide range of subjects bringing together experience from different European museums as well as involving new contacts with museums in the USA. The Association's activities between East and West Europe have developed particularly strongly in the last two years.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993PLUMBERS WORKSHOP / The new Plumbers Workshop in Newick is now open to the public with all the tools set out in place. The Plumbers will continue to add to this collection as and when suitable material becomes available.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993MOTHERING SUNDAY / An enormous number of people flooded to the Museum on Mothering Sunday, drawn in by good weather, a bunch of daffodils and the Observer's free ticket. The volunteers in the shop were inundated with requests for food and drink and it is hoped that the Caf
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993PARADES AND SHOWS / With assistance from Bob Dash and his team of horses the Museum Director was able to take the Sussex Wagon to the Regents Park Easter Parade, and we were delighted to receive two First Class Awards.

Peter Albon and Christopher Zeuner also attended the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association's Spring Working. They took the Museum's timber carriage and used it to provide a demonstration.

On the May Bank Holiday the Museum will have two turnouts at the Portsmouth Parade and will be thoroughly "leafletting" Southsea.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993TUESDAY GANG / The Tuesday gang is working hard under the guidance of John Herniman and they have already undertaken a number of jobs that are awaiting attention. Their efforts will help to ensure that the Museum continues to present itself well to the public.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993ANIMALS / Tamworth Boar: This boar is on loan from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust following a period of activity in the West Country. He is now resident in West Sussex and awaits bookings from suitably purebred females!

The Sussex cow has produced a heifer, and Rosie is expecting her foal in about two months time, and of course we have numerous lambs springing about the place.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993REQUEST FOR EQUIPMENT / Bob Powell and John Herniman would be very grateful to receive any old workshop tools, for use in collection restoration, and any garden tools for site use. (Please note that these tools are not for the collections.)

In addition, Bob would appreciate donations of enamel paint in the primary colours - red, blue, yellow; also green and black enamel paint would be welcome and metal primer.

Another request is for beds and a small three piece suite (in good condition) for the Museum's Hostel.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993PETER BURTON LEGACY / The Museum Library has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a large number of books collected by the late Peter Burton. His library on vernacular architecture and museums was extensive and contained many titles not previously available in the Museum Library.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993FOOD FAIR / This year's Food Fair attracted in excess of 30 exhibitors and once again there was a high standard of presentation and variety of products. We had a "cheese theme" this year and visitors were able to sample and purchase varieties of cheeses and dairy products from sheep, cows and goats.

Thanks to Jean Piggott and Chris Knights for organising the produce competitions. Chris also kindly judged the entries which totalled over 50. The overall winner was Miss Ison and Keith Bickmore won a prize for his chutney. We would like to see a few more entries next year, so please bear this in mind.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993(none) / The Bulletin is prepared by the Director's Secretary, Pat Melhuish. It is intended to keep you all informed of a variety of interesting news about both the Museum and its people.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993ROMANIA : A DIFFERENT IMAGE / On 9 September Chris and I returned from Romania after attending the XVI Conference of the European Association of Open Air Museums. It turned out for me to be what is best described by the clich
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993SOTHEBY'S ADVISORY AND VALUATION DAY / Attendance at this event was unfortunately low, due to the bad weather. Sotheby's gave their services free of charge and those who did take their "treasures" were interested - and sometimes delighted! - to hear what the experts had to say.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993WOOL AND WOOD DAY / This new event at the Museum covered many aspects of wool and woodland-based crafts such as spinning, sheepdog handling, wood-turning, pyrography, wattle hurdle making, trug making, walking stick making, basket making and working with a pole lathe. The highlight of the day was the conversion of a fleece into a child's sweater during the day - completed by the skin of the teeth!
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