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1979/4Members' Magazine No. 13 / Spring 1979Shepherds Exhibit / The Sussex Downsmen is covering the cost of an exhibition of shepherding, including a shepherd's hut which is being restored by Mr. J. Powick
1979/4Members' Magazine No. 13 / Spring 1979Tree Felling / The beech trees above the Pendean site are overdue for felling, but an agreement has been made with the Estate for a short postponement. The Countryside Commission would be prepared to make an annual payment against the increased cost of delay. The replanting already made would have more time to mature. The area above Winkhurst and the car parks will be felled between Autumn 1979 and Wiinter 1980, but this is backed by a plantation of hard wood.
1979/4Members' Magazine No. 13 / Spring 1979Furnishing the hostel / The hostel will be ready by Easter. Olbys of Bognor Regis have contributed
1979/4Members' Magazine No. 13 / Spring 1979P.B.W.E.Scheme / The woods have benefitted from a Project Based Work Experience Scheme, replacing the Job Creation Scheme. Six young men out of work have helped Alan Waters to coppice the hazel above the woodland path, and build a 6 ft wattle fence along the edge of the coppice.
1979/4Members' Magazine No. 13 / Spring 1979Excursion to Arnhem Museum / Describing the proposed excursion Arnhem Musem with details of time etc.
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Fencing / Mr Zeuner reported he was receiving prices for re-fencing the external boundary of the Museum along the main road and including the entrance way. He was suggesting replacing the present post and rail fence at the entrance with wattle hurdles to afford greater security and replacing the gates with vertical slats pointed at the tip to prevent people climbing into the Museum. At the same time, the pedestrian gate would be disposed of as this was never used. Mr Zeuner proposed chestnut paling of one inch spacing be erected from the entrance, round the corner alongside the main road and up to the flint wall. This would be constructed behind the beech hedge and some gaps in the hedge replanted. A suggestion for horizontal rails to give greater support to the chestnut paling was AGREED. The lowest quotation for the work had been
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Sheffield Saw Pit & Wiston Waggon Shed / Mr Zeuner proposed altering slightly the site of the saw pit in order to make it realistic for access at either end for large logs. AGREED. Mr Zeuner explained a proposal to employ Paul Simons, Director of the Chiltern Open Air Museum, together with a colleague who had formed a company carrying out building restoration work, to re-erect both the saw pit and waggon shed. AGREED.
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Office site / Mr Warren reported that a letter received from Mr Godber suggested that the woodland area below the entrance gates, which had recently been cleared of mature trees, might make a good site for a permanent Museum office, housed in an old building. AGREED in principle that such a project would be beneficial.
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979New Lavatories and Sewer / Mr Zeuner reported details and asked the Committee's views on the 'crinkle-crankle' wall, proposed in the original plans. Both Mr Zeuner and Mr Warren now felt it would be better to screen the new 'ladies' cubicle with a straight wall, which could be roofed over at a later date. AGREED.
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Charlton Workshops Scheme / Mr Zeuner reported work had started on Phase I, creating the Museum's own workshop at the complex. Drains and services were being laid. Talks had been opened with some craftsmen interested in renting space at the other workshops. The Museum was already receiving some inquiries regarding the proposed Materials Bank, and had been offered the materials in a small cottage due for demolition by the West Sussex County Council. These materials, including tiles and bricks were being collected.
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Tree Felling / Mr Zeuner reported the draft of the management agreement regarding trees in the compartment above Pendean and to the west was expected from the Countryside Commission soon. The Edward James Foundation planned to fell mature trees in the compartment to the south of the Museum in Autumn. Several younger standard trees in the Museum's area could be saved however.
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Horsham Shop / Mr R. Harris reported on the condition of the timbers of the Horsham Shop. Mr Harris explained the building had been dismantled in 1968 and when the timbers were subsequently delivered to the Museum were left unstacked for a number of years. In September last year, when the stack had been taken apart, it became apparent the timbers had deteriorated badly and it was fair to say none of the timbers retained their original surface. Due to the difficulties experienced in obtaining the timbers (demolition of the building was already in progress) the timbers recovered were fragmentary. One tie beam had been sawn in three places and some posts had had to be left within the walls of adjoining buildings. Fragments of the front three storeys remained; of the back wall there was virtually nothing and many of the rafters were missing. Internally, the frame was better preserved. Because of the deterioration many of the timbers were not re-usable. Mr Harris said that while the timbers were of architec \\
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Redford Roundhouse - and brickmaking exhibit / Mr Zeuner reported on the Redford Roundhouse which the Museum would be able to acquire. The roundhouse housed a pug mill and was used in conjunction with brick-making on its present site. It would be an ideal building with which to start an exhibit featuring rural brick-making. The plan would be to transport it to the Museum in sections. A consultant engineer, with whom the Museum had dealt before, had proposed a scheme for lifting the main wall and remaining pillars by under-pinning and craning. The building would therefore need to be delivered to its site directly.
It was also possible the Museum could acquire a small moulding shed from a former brickyard at Ebernoe, forming the second component in the exhibit. The Museum already had good collections of tools, barrow and moulds, etc. Mr Zeuner also knew of a derelict drying shed which was in good condition and unusually attractive, being 75ft long. If this could be acquired, the final component for \\
1979/2SBC Minutes / 11 February 1979Court Barn / Mr Champion reported good progress on the repair of Court Barn. Mr Zeuner said the inauguration event for the Worshipful Company of Plumbers was likely to be 21st April 1979.
1979/12SBC Minutes / 2 December 1979Walderton House / The Museum Director explained the background to the house situated at Walderton and confirmed that it was to be demolished. Consent for demolition has been granted by the Planning Authority. Mr R Harris then explained his circulated drawings and commented that there are two main phases of development; a medieval timber frame and a 17thC brick and flint casing. There is also a chimney with fireplace in good condition; the second chimney is 19thC. Part of the house may have remained open to the roof after the major 17thC changes too place. There is evidence for the hall windows and four 17thC windows. The doorways remain in their 17thC form. There would be some difficulty in reconstructing the windows with front elevation. Mr Armstrong then showed the Committee slides of the building. Mr R Harris explained that both he and the Museum Director thought the building would provide a good illustration of a 17thC flint and brick cottage created out of an earlier form. The Chairman asked \\
1979/12SBC Minutes / 2 December 1979Brickyard Buildings / Drawings of the drying-shed from the Causeway Brickyard at Petersfield were circulated. AGREED this project should be pursued - if funds could be found. A detailed layout of the site should be prepared for the Committee. Mr R Champion expressed the wish to see the curtilage belonging to each activity represented in the area of the Brickyard and Sawpit clearly delineated. AGREED. Maj. Gen. L A Hawes wished to congratulate Mr R Harris on the high quality and clear clarity of the drawings submitted by Mr R Harris to the Committee.
1979/12SBC Minutes / 2 December 1979Missing Section of Boarhunt / Mr R Harris reminded the Committee of its previous discussions regarding this matter and was seeking some extra clarifications. After discussion it was AGREED: a) the interior should be plastered so as to conceal all intermediate studding; b) the wall plate and sole plate would be extended to include the missing section; c) the rafters would be traditional in form and left exposed; d) no windows would be inserted; e) the possibility of providing lighting for the exhibition by a low voltage system be investigated.
1979/12SBC Minutes / 2 December 1979Boiler House, West Dean Estate / Mr Heymann explained to the Committee the intention of the Edward James Foundation to construct a boiler house in part of the old walled garden at West Dean. Mr Heymann explained that this was part of the major project to install woodfired heating for the College. The boiler house would require two 60ft chimneys of about 18" diameter and would be rust coloured. In due course drawings and photographs would be available which demonstrated the effect that (2? Illegible words) would have on the landscape. The Chairman thanked Mr Heymann for the advance warning given to the Committee and looked forward to seeing photographs. The Committee understood the need for this installation and further that the technical requirements of a chimney of the height recommended could not be avoided.
1979/12SBC Minutes / 2 December 1979Redford Roundhouse / The Museum Director reported to the Committee that resulting from a complaint by the owner of Redford Roundhouse, the Museum Chairman had instructed him to use the term 'pughouse' not 'roundhouse'. Mr J Armstrong pointed out that although 'pughouse' was acceptable as a name, it would sometimes be necessary to use the term 'roundhouse' in order to make structural comparisons so others should understand the nature of the buildings being referred to. The Committee AGREED with this view but wished to record its concern that in future such queries should be brought before the Committee for discussion.
1979/12SBC Minutes / 2 December 1979Possible Building for the Wheelwright's Shop / Mr J Armstrong described a building on the Wiston Estate that might be suitable for the Wheelwright's Shop. The Committee decided hat prior to discussing the building in detail, Mrs Champion should report on the needs of the Wheelwright's "display". Mrs Champion was asked to liaise with Mr J Armstrong and report to the next meeting.
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