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1984/3Bulletin / March 1984West Sussex Rural Engineering / In association with the Museum , WSRE will be constructing a replica gun carriage for the Mary Rose Trust. This will hold a bronze "bastard culverine" and will form part of a major exhibition by the Mary Rose Trust to be held in May.
1984/3Bulletin / March 1984The Tuesday Group / These volunteers have started to re-erect the pig sty in the Toll Cottage garden.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984New Acquisitions / Mr Charles Lucas of Warnham Court Farm has donated a mill and roller. This was steam driven by a belt driven pulley, and used for milling food for the farm animals.
The Southern Water Authority has donated a bench saw and engine with the shed in which it was housed. This came form Allington, Maidstone.
The Museum has acquired a timber carriage, millwrighting tools used by Mr Lee of Midhurst and a galvanised bucket for the Catherington treadwheel.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Biskupin Exhibition / Prof. Barry Cunliffe will open the Biskupin Exhibition on May 1.
Biskupin in Poland was the site of a settlement c 500 BC with 1000 inhabitants, made entirely of wood.
The exhibition will stay at the Museum for 3 months and then go on tour in England.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Exhibition by Gordon Beningfield / Gordon Beningfield will produce three paintings of the Museum, including one of Bayleaf which will have a limited edition of 250 prints. He will talk about his book "Hardy Country" at a preview of his work, and Robert Gittings will read some of Hardy's poems.
Exhibitions called "Portraits of Craftsmen" of photos by Adrian Ford, and "The Joy of Craftsmen" including tools from the collection of Edward and Cecilia Audsley will be staged in Asugust and October.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Timber Festival / There will be a Timber Festival at the Museum in July
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Grand Draw for 1984 / After the success of the last Grand Draw, which raised
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Medieval Players Visit the Museum / The Medieval Players, a touring company based on travelling troupes of the late middle ages, will visit the Museum in June.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Martin Bossom / Martin Bossom will leave the staff in April. His successor will be Gary Browning
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Snippets / Two Sussex oxen, Weald and Downland, have been acquired from Mr P Cleary.
The Friends have given grants for a two way radio system and some small interpretation boards.
The Heavy Horse Show will be repeated.
Whiteheads have again offered an interest free loan to help with the guide book.
The Museum will take its restored timber carriage and timber bob to the South of England Show at Ardingly
Robert Demaus is engaged to Jacqueline Watts of Wickham.
The Autumn Activities Weekend was a success.
The hornbeams above the Woodlands Exhibition are being pollarded.
Phil Mead will continue to demonstrate plumbing techniques in Court Barn.
Richard Pailthorpe and Walter Greenway appeared on Channel 4's Treasure Hunt.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Site Road and the Toll Cottage / The main route through the Museum will now run through the market square area.
The Toll Cottage Gates, made by Jim Cartmel, will be hung; Kim Leslie's exhibition will be in place inside the Toll Cottage; both in time for next season.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Michael Holdsworth / Michael Holdsworth is retiring as Company Secretary. His place will be taken by Peter Careless
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Pig Sty / A late 19th century timber-framed pig sty from Coultershaw has been given by the Petworth estate. It is being restored by David Kemp, Walter Greenway, John Munro-Thompson, Jack Tregear and Paul Whitbread
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Letter from the Chairman of the Friends - Sir James Waddell / Sir James Waddell reports that the Friends have contributed
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984New Assistant Warden / Cdr. Jimmy Redrobe will assist Keith Bickmore as Warden
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Country Fair - May 19 / There will be another Country Fair in May. Produce stall run by Joan Brooks, Mary Hum and Ethel Buvyer, Plant stall by Elsie Kessler, Tombola by Walter Greenway and Richard Pailthorpe, and book stall by Eve Becher.
1984/3Members' Magazine No. 21 / March 1984Museum's First Summer Workshop / Richard Harris is organising a four-week summer workshop for about 8 participants. Subject days will be devoted to materials and lectures; fieldwork days will involve visiting buildings, including measuring and drawing.
1984/2Bulletin / February 1984Guidebook / Whiteheads of Chichester have kindly agreed an interest-free loan of
1984/2Bulletin / February 1984Publicity Caravan / The following locations have been agreed and any further ideas for locations will be appreciated.
28 May 84 Surrey Show
1-3 June 84 Goodwood
7-9 June 84 Ardingly
14 July 84 Queen Elizabeth Country Park
29 Sept 84 Fontwell (Arundel & District Riding Club)
1984/2Bulletin / February 1984Woodlands / Jim Hampshire is reducing the branches on the hornbeams in the coppice in an effort to save some of them from wind-blow. At the moment with every gale some are lost.
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