Museum History
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1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Treatment of Bayleaf curtilage / AGREED the same academic criteria be applied to planning an orchard or garden as was normal practice in decisions about buildings. The garden laid out last summer was not a success. Trimmed box hedging would perhaps be appropriate but a firm undertaking about maintenance would be essential. The planting of an orchard of suitable trees should proceed, especially as the '1973 Plant-a-Tree campaign' was producing offers of trees. Proposed a traditional field hedgerow be planted around the south-west boundary of Bayleaf curtilage so that the Museum might display an example of hedge-laying. Garderobe: provision of a duct to the ground - discussion deferred.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Working area for Master Carpenter / Use of the area around the workshop for storage of materials and for the volunteers' vehicles and camping has left insufficient space for the laying out of timbers of a building such as Pendean. AGREED volunteers be required to park their cars on the verges of the track alongside Gonville Cottage. A temporary extension of the working area, bounded by a barbed-wire fence, may be necessary for the work on the Pendean frame.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Pendean / Committee RECOMMENDS Pendean be sited at position 9 on the Site Plan, and space be reserved for the Chilcombe granary to be associated with it.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Titchfield Market Hall / Mr Armstrong and Mr Warren reported on the latest position concerning the completion of this building. As Mr Greiner will in any case not wish to be involved in the detail or the infilling, it is inevitable that others must carry out the work on the building, and there seems little point in asking him to return. There is no further contractural obligation on Mr Greiner nor on the Museum. AGREED that Mr Greiner be released, as diplomatically as possible, from any further responsibility in this connection. A local contractor, as suggested by Mr Armstrong, should be approached to quote for completing the work. Mr Rigold referred to possible adverse criticism of the Museum if Mr Greiner's very forthright views concerning this reconstruction should receive publicity. Proposed that Mr Rigold be asked if he would kindly publish a paper on the problems of reconstructing buildings with special reference to the alternative principles which may influence decisions in the many instances w \\
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Consideration of the Master Site Plan - Camping and Caravan Area / A certain amount of camping and caravanning seems to be essential to the operation of the volunteer arrangements, but it was emphasised that close supervision and control should be exercised, especially in respect of possible trespass into the Estate woodland. AGREED: no request for extension of the Museum's land be made at this juncture; a suggested site on derelict garden in front of Gonville Cottage would present too many problems; caravans be allowed to use the top bay of the existing carpark; tents be catered for by the levelling and grassing of an area to the west of the south-west corner of the carpark; multi-strand barbed wire be fixed along the Museum's boundary in this area and suitable notices erected.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972A Useful Book List / The National Council of Social Services has issued a useful booklet "Crafts, Trades and Industries" by Andrew Jewell Price 13p
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Round up of Progress / Hambrook Barn. Thatching by Jarvis & Jarvis
Kirdford Sheds frame under Peter Parrish
Bayleaf daubing
The potters plan new kiln for next year
Education Committee set up
Shed for Volunteers
Cover photograph of Mr. Langridge charcoal burning
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972A note on Titchfield Market Hall / One & a half page account of the history of Titchfield Hall by Roy Armstrong. It had been moved and lost the bottom of its posts and the pads. We know that there had been an oriel window at the end, but are uncertain about its details and the decorative pendants. Plan is to replace uncertain features marking added timber R for replacement & C for conjecture
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Lurgashall Mill / One and a half page account of Lurgashall Mill by John Warren. In 1968 floods surged over dam doing serious damage.
Dating uncertain: roof 18th or late 17th C. masonry similar but also much 19th C brickwork; iron wheel 19th C;
Only the upper pond in the Museum is partially formed.
Orientation difficult with wheel (the more interesting view) facing the road.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Horse-power at the Museum / Kim Leslie reports on the horse driven equipment. 2 horse gins: a chaff-cutter from Lingfield and a pug-mill from East Grinstead from late 19th century.
2 gin houses from Binstead and South Berstead had been built on the side of barns.
Just accepted mid-19th C horse-gin from Patching
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Charcoal / Matto Denton describes a 24 hour charcoal burn run by Mr & Mrs Langridge on 11th September. After 24 hours 20 cwt of lovely metallic charcoal was revealed.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Charcoal Burn / Cover picture shows Mr Langridge charcoal burning near his home, just after the last war.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972The Object Collection / Chris Zeuner says that the plan is to concentrate on craft and agricultural items. We have complete wheelwright's workshop and contents of a cooperage
Classification based on modified version of that used at the Museum of English Rural Life.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Buildings under consideration - Tyndall Cottage, Bewl Reservoir / The Water Company will give the building, and Robertsbridge Archaeological Society will undertake surveying and dismantling. The Committee recommends this building be accepted with the intention of eventual re-erection at the Museum, and that in the meantime adequate storage of the timbers must be a priority.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Lurgashall Mill / Between the lake and the header pond.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Pevensey Windmill / Has recently been offered to the Museum. The restoration drawing suggests that it could be both visually attractive and an interesting working exhibit. An estimate for reconstruction has been obtained, but more precise information on certain aspects is desirable. Committee decided in favour of accepting the structure if further enquiry by Mr Armstrong reveals no unforeseen snags. If the mill should be reconstructed as a working model, there would be an element of danger in the rotating of the sweeps near to the ground. It would be necessary to prevent the public from approaching too closely. On the whole, members did not favour siting the mill on the island in the lake, but AGREED that it should be near the lake so that it could appear to function naturally in raising water.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Tilthammer / Needs a new position, which could be to the west of the header-pond.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Wheelwright's shop / A position for this must await a definite site for the village.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Paths and lanes / AGREED that a lane was required from Bayleaf group to or through the eventual site of the village, with a branch lane going directly to Hambrook barn and the car park.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan - car-parking / Mr Heymann referred to the necessity at times for cars to be parked within the exhibition area, either as overflow from the existing car park or because volunteers were working at scattered points. Once again, it was generally AGREED that the parking of cars near the exhibits was most undesirable. However, volunteer work often necessitated persons having their card near them. Mr Lowe said that for the present the official car park would be adequate for visitors except for a very few days in a season. A small overflow somewhere in the entry area is possible and may be necessary very occasionally. Ultimately, it will probably be necessary to build two more terraces above the present car park. The difficulties concerning the parking of volunteers' cars were discussed at some length. It may prove to be advisable to construct small supplementary car parks behind the Bayleaf group of buildings, under the trees by the track to the charcoal burner's camp, and possibly in the \\
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