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1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Poplars Cottage / The Museum has been offered a small timber framed building with a smoke bay by the Wiston Estate near Washington. It will be dismantled in the Autumn. Fred Aldsworth will undertake an excavation of the site. It is called Poplars Cottage
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Exhibitions / The Museum's travelling exhibition has been to many venues, including the shop windows of the Museums Association and the Britannia Building Society in London.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981WEA/Southampton University Course. Local Studies - A Guide to Understanding Our Locality / A course designed to provide information about the local area has been arranged by Southampton University Department of Adult Education in association with the Museum and WEA. It will be held in the Museum in the winter.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Timber Festival Weekend / A timber festival was held in May. Exhibits included wood turning, furniture restoration, cleaving, charcoal burning, carpentry and antique musical instrument restoration. Mr J. Hampshire from Kirdford demonstrated steam sawing. The Edward James Foundation provided a forestry demonstration. The National Motor Museum of Baulieu supplied a 1937 Land Traulier, designed for timber haulage.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Knepp Outhouse / The Museum will dismantle a small 17th century outbuilding, donated by Sir Walter Burrell. It will be useful to include in the curtilage of a 17th century house.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Toll Cottage / The completed Toll Cottage will be open next year
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Sam Maxwell / Chris Zeuner writes an obituary of Sam Maxwell, who had managed the Museum's books for 3 years. His daughter Marion Maxwell, had been Chris's secretary and his wife Vera Maxwell had maintained a close interest in the Museum.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Opening of Court Barn / Last autumn Lavinia Duchess of Norfolk opened Court Barn and its exhibition, mounted by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. David Russel was the architect and Roger Champion did the repair work. A Committee with members of the Plumbers Company and Chris Zeuner and Heather Champion will manage the exhibits.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Sussex Trust Exhibition / In July John Booker mounted an exhibtion arranged by The Sussex Trust for Nature Conservation in the upper room of the shop.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981The Duke of Gloucester Visits the Museum / The Duke of Gloucester opened Boarhunt. He toured the Museum with Geoffrey Godber, Lavinia Duches of Norfolk, Roy Armstrong, Chris Zeuner and Richard Harris The repair work had been carried out by Roger Champion, the wattle and daub by six young people on a Project Based Work Experience Scheme. The roof was thatched by Rod Miller of South Western Thatchers.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Walderton Cottage / Work went on all winter on the Walderton Cottage under a modern structure (to keep out the rain), which was removed in July for the re-erection of the roof. The project is being filmed by BBC Chronicle. John Friar is working on the flint walls, Roger Champion jhas repaired the timbers, Matti Denton bonded the broken paviors. Richard Harris is in charge of project.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Charlton Farm Open Day / In February the Museum held an Open Day at Charlton Farm
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Bell Frame from Hampshire / Roger and Heather Champion have dismantled a 16th century bell-frame in Southwick. It is hoped that we will eventually be able to display it to the public.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981PBWE Scheme / Six young people have been working during the spring on a Project Based Work Experience Scheme. They completed the wattle and daub panels of Boarhunt, including the coppicing. One of these, Brian Boseley, will continue at the Museum for six months with special help from the Radcliffe Trust.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981A Computer joins the Museum Staff / The Museum now has a micro-computer to help with indexing. Richard Harris is developing a programme. The volunteer force led my Marjorie Hallam have been working on cataloguing.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Salvington Mill / The Museum is co-trustee of Salvington Mill, which held its first Open Day. The West Sussex Engineering Company had done the repairs. The crown-tree weighs 2 tons and cost
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Man's Influence on the Landscape - A New Exhibition / A permanent exhibition is being prepared by Ruth Tittensor and designed by Bruce Williams. It will show the development of the landscape and will be housed in Coldwaltham Shed.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981The Museum Rescues a Town House from Surrey / The Museum rescued a 17th century town house from Reigate's High Street, which was redeveloping. Richard Harris uncovered some brightly coloured wall paintings. The Department of Environment helped rescue the paintings. Others involved were Roger and Heather Champion, Alan Waters, six young people on the Project Based Work Experience Scheme and Mick Cunliffe.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981West Wittering School Dismantled / This summer the Museum dismantled a very small school in West Wittering. The school was originally built by the Oliver Whitby Trust Mr Harris, headmaster of West Wittering School, drew the Museum's attention to this building. Alan Waters, Martin Bossom and Brian Boseley did the work. Fred Aldsworth had surveyed and drawn the building Richard Harris was closely involved and Heather Champion has traced its history
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Enormous Success at Friends' Auction / Nearly
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