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1982/11Members' Magazine No. 18 / 1982Woodlands Exhibition / An exhibition written by Ruth Tittensor and designed by Bruce Williams about the development of the landscape is installed in Coldwaltham Shed and was opened this year by Dick Steele It was financed with the help of
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Horsham Shop / Mrs Hallam reported that she was in the final stages of drawing up a report. She stressed that the building had been in store for 14 years and its future should be finally decided. R Champion suggested that as only a small proportion of the original timbers were usable reconstruction could include the use of all new pit sawn timber. AGREED to include the Horsham Shop as an item for discussion at a future meeting.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Gents Toilet / The new and old brickwork blended adequately.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Court Barn / The thatch had been attended to. The problem had been that the iron hooks were not gripping the reed bundles. The Thatchers had accepted responsibility.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Re-structuring of Committee / C Zeuner explained the need for restructuring of the committee by setting up an executive Sites and Buildings Committee which could meet bi-monthly. The executive committee would report to the main Sites & Buildings body. He suggested this should be discussed at the next meeting.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Office Accommodation / The Council of Management had expressed the opinion that mainly for financial reasons the time was not right to go forward with this project. Enlargement of the current temporary office would take place instead. T Heymann reported that Double Barn was still available if required. A discussion then followed from which emerged several points: 1) If a building is good enough for a museum exhibit should it be used for office accommodation? 2) Would conversion of an old building be more expensive in the long run than building a modern structure? 3) Conversion of a barn/cattle shed to office accommodation would require the addition of windows. Would this portray a good image of a museum of old buildings? The committee were generally favourable towards a purpose built building using local materials. J Warren felt that there were defects in the way in which the museum had grown, i.e. the shop was wrongly positioned, car parking had proved inadequate, and therefore ascertaining the offic \\
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Titchfield Market Hall / C Zeuner reported that the Renofors treatment had worked on the vertical joints but the horizontal joints. AGREED to tile hang the end elevation until such time as another building be re-erected to give some weather protection.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Crawley Building / J Warren reported that there were two types of cracking. Those on the end wall and stair vice were only surface cracks and not a significant problem. The crack under the window was structural due to the fact that the building was under a horizontal stress. He expressed that there should be a form of reinforcement at the head of the wall where the jetty is carried. C Zeuner explained that the photographic store would in future be used for computer work and light would be required. He suggested inserting a window in the front elevation. As the East end of the building was visually hard he suggested it should be weatherboarded to ground level. R Champion supported this suggestion expressing his concern at the insecurity of the present tile hanging. However, he had reservations about the visual effect of a downstairs window. Mrs Hallam explained the necessity for an adequate amount of light within the room. R Harris suggested a window could also be inserted into the end elevation \\
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Building Programme - North Cray / Repair would start on November 1.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Building Programme - West Wittering School / Fund raising had been successful and re-erection would begin in the Spring by a contract firm.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Building Programme - Witley Joiner's Shop / C Zeuner reported that this was a minor building which would have an interpretive and display use. Dismantling and re-erection was being undertaken by volunteers and would require little aid from staff. AGREED its siting would be at right angles to Windlesham and with a feasible approach from the road to the double doors.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Extra Car Park / C Zeuner reported that there was a strong possibility the Museum could receive ETB funds to finance the creation of additional space. The best possible site available to take 200 cars would be the lower part of Greenways Field between Court Barn and Gonville Drive - an area of about 2 acres. It could be screened from the museum by a ditch/bank hedge. The access trackway would be from the catering unit and around the back of the lake. Use would be restricted to overflow car parking only. Visitor entry to the museum site would be near Court Barn. Points raised were: to what extent screening is necessary for the use of only a few days a year? A financial saving could be made from its omission from the scheme. If in the future additional car parking space was required the ditch and bank would be an obstacle in further enlarging the car park area. Finally AGREED a ditch/bank and tree screening should be created.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Storage of buildings / R Champion raised the problems of the storage of buildings in the cutting. A 10 year period was long enough for a building to be stored with only a corrugated roof. As a number of buildings would be in store for over 10 years he stressed the need for a better, more permanent form of storage.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Dismantling of Poplars Cottage / R Harris reported that the cottage had been successfully dismantled. In the absence of Mr Aldsworth he reported the excavation had had negative results. Mr Harris explained the evidence was sufficient to reconstruct the cottage at the first period stage - i.e., with the construction of the smoke bay.
1982/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1982Wheelwright's Shop / A suitable building in which to display the wheelwright's tools had not yet been found.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981New Guidebook / A new guidebook is being written by Richard Harris for the 1982 season
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Refreshments for Visitors / The wagon shed from Pallingham Quay has been re-erected by John Booker on the old site of the Toll Cottage, and is now serving refreshments, run by Peggey Tall. Richard Pailthorpe was responsible for the development.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Winter Meeting for Stewards / In the winter Richard Harris and Chris Zeuner will present a series of winter meetings designed for stewards and potential stewards.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Steam Threshing / This season several demostrations took place: Bert Dibben provided a traction engine and threshing box, John Beck provided an elevator and a steam engine to allow the Museum to demonstrate steam threshing, Freddie, the Museum's horse carted the sacks away, and a smaller horse, Shem, brought water to the engine;
Horace Oliver demonstrated sheep shearing; Mr Humphrey of East Dean desmonstrated how to prepare a sheep for show; Dick Tutton demonstrated the drumming of bees.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Lurgashall Mill Opens / The Lurgashall mill was opened in April by Mr and Mrs Hugh Ansty, whose family ran it before its decline. Robert Demaus is now grinding flour regularly, and the flour has been well received by visitors. The project cost about
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