Museum History
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2001/10Magazine / Autumn 2001Out in the garden / Short article by Bob Holman on the harvest. Fat Lazy Blonde lettuces and Carling peas successful, onions at Bayleaf failed and marigolds not good. New volunteers wanted
2001/10Magazine / Autumn 2001Visitor numbers hold up well / From 1st April numbers up 4% on last year.
2001/10Magazine / Autumn 2001Winter at the Museum / Tree dressing on 2nd December; Carol singing on 17th December. New Christmas card.
2001/10Magazine / Autumn 2001Museum helps new woodland craft enterprise start up / New woodland craft centre in the woods near Pendean with Paul Pinnington & Chris Baldwin busy. Hazel hurdles, besoms, thatching spars, charcoal & garden products can be bought from the Museum shop or from 01243 779796.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The Gridshell takes shape / Gridshell in January surrounded by scaffolding: 150 ft long. 85 ft wide, 40 ft high. ; by April due to be in final shape. Original method by Engineers Buro Happold and architect Edward Cullinan involves lowering scaffold (supplied by PERI) to allow gridshell to take shape, being photoed twice a day for time-lapse video. Cladding Western Red Cedar, below polycarbonate glazing and a ribbon roof. Chiverton main contractors, Boxall Sayers quantity surveyors, Green Oak Carpentry Company. Ground floor housing artefacts, including Cotton Collection of chairs. Upper floor workshop. Basement fitted with roller racking for housing the artefacts. Modelof Gridshell goes on exhibition country-wide
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Courses / 21 courses between March and September inclusive. Leaders James Strike, Nigel Johnston, Joe Thompson, Richard Harris, Roger Champion, Ged Gardner, Wilm & Joy Huning, David Woodbridge, Ian Constantinides, George Terry, Andrew Breese and Charles Brooking. Contact Diana Rowsell 01243 811464
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Let the Museum benefit from your gift of shares / An appeal for funds through the ShareGIFT scheme.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The agricultural implements & machinery collection. / Mike Wall writes a single page on farm machinery. Barn machinery, cidermaking, fertiliser distributors & seed drills, harrows, harvesting & haymaking, ploughs & rollers. Local manufacturers are Finchdean Ironworks, Carter Bros of Billingshurst, Filmer & Mason of Guildford, Garret of Sutton-at-Hone, Halsted of Chichester, Penfold of Arundel, Taskers of Andover & Weymans of Guildford. International concerns are Albion, Bamford, Howard, Lister-Blackstone, Massey-Harris and Ransomes. Likely display place near Redvins in first building from "Timber-framing from scratch" course in Gridshell. Hampshire Smallholder, Arthur Cox, has given generous donation.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The lifelong learning programme continues to grow! / Students are world wide. Dendrochronology by Ian Tyers; Lime & wattle & daub by George Terry; Roofing: Joinery with Brooking Collection by Ged Gardner; Painting & decorating by Joy & Wilm Huning; Brickwork by Gerard Lynch; Leaded-lights by Tricia Christian; Domestic life by Peter Brears; Herbs by Christina Stapley; Textiles by Caroline Vincent; Small animals & Bees by David Bland & Heather Champion; Craft Worklshops; Heavy Horses; Interpreting folklore by George Monger & Jennifer Westwood; Dug-out boat by Damian Goodburn.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Waggons in focus for historic farm vehicles seminar / A seminar was held in November in Crawley Hall organised by David Viner and attended by museum curators. Robert Hurford, a wheelwright, offered guidance on briefing specialists. George Monger reviewed conservation options. The Sussex waggon from the Worthing Museum was used as a case study. and a strawberry cart from Cowfold made by Holmes of Steyning
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001See the wood from the Trees. . . / The 3rd Out of the Wood Show on 19/20 May celebrates all things made from wood. Carpenters & timber framers including Joe Thompson. Henry & John Russell demonstrate hand-powered lathes. Damian Goodburn displays earliest timber-framing; Keith Randall wheelwright. Sponsor D. Cover & Sons.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001A place for all reasons! / Diana Rowsell lists the many uses of the Museum: outside-venue weddings; in 2000 European Urban Housing Project meeting: Worshipful Company of Plumbers AGM; Social Service Departments training days; West Sussex County Council millennium function. In 2001 UK Institute of Conservation meeting; Worshipful Company of Plumbers Master's day; Carpenters' Fellowship gathering; Lead Contractors Association, National Association of Plumbing Teachers meetings. These added 5500 to the 2000 visitor total.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Young handlers show mettle at Rare Breeds Show / Young handlers of animals actively encouraged. The organiser of the Rare Breeds is John Bushrod 01243 811363
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Christopher Zeuner / Neil Cousins writes a 3 page obituary of Chris Zeuner, who was Director from 1974 to his death in 2001. Responsible for its growth. A founder member of Association of Independent Museums, President of Association of Open Air Museums and trustee of Vivat Trust. In 1990 he was appointed OBE. He and his wife were publishers of "Heavy Horse World". Funeral service in Chichester Cathedral.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Buildings on the Move / Richard Harris reports on the next projects. Winkhurst will be moved near Bayleaf, given planning permission, with attached buildings added and converted into a Tudor kitchen. Tindalls Cottage - Timber-framed with brick and stone chimney. Perhaps 1721. Development from Poplars. Roger Champion will repair and re-erect it Hedge bordering track at Bayleaf removed.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Richard Harris recalls a 25-year working partnership. / In 1975 Richard Harris was asked by Roy Armstrong and Chris Zeuner to study Boarhunt. Then he was appointed as Assistant to the Research Director, Roy Armstrong, on a 1 day a week basis. 2 years later he was appointed Research Director. His first construction projects were Lavant and Boarhunt. In April 1980 Walderton was dismantled and filmed by BBC Chronicle. The next milestone was the "Bayleaf Project". In 1990 Longport was dismantled with help from the Canterbury Archaelogical Trust. In September 1995 Sir Alastair Morton opened it. Chris Zeuner gave education high priority leading to a Joint Centre with Bournemouth University after an approach by Professor Bryan Brown. Chris's last great project was the Gridshell. The Museum has suffered a great loss.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Cuttings from the gardens / Bob Holman's account of the state of the gardens. Poplar Cottage needs 2 more years' manure. Work started on Pendean. Bayleaf & Walderton due to get interpretation boards. Wattle fencing course held. We use our own seeds, but some come from Thomas Erry of Maidstone, Chase Organics and Suffolk Herbs, Don & Helen Baldwin of Black Dog Nursery, North Mundham.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Events diary 2001 / Principal Events include: Mothering Sunday; Fine Food fair; Out of the wood Show; Two Half-term activities; Heavy Horses; Two Early Music Afternoons; Midsummer Night's Dream; Rare Breeds; Medieval Cookery Days; Children's Activities; Rural History Re-enactment; A Storm of Arrows; Autumn Countryside Celebrations. Tree Dressing
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Pendean Farmhouse benefits from Designation funding / A 2 page article by Richard Harris on the changes to Pendean. Chimney redesigned; ladder replaced by newel post stair; partitions upstairs closed; smoking chamber created; fireplaces ruddled; oven under review; full furnishing with help from Victor Chinnery. Elizabeth Doff is researching documentary history. Dendro date is 1609. Richard Clare, a yeoman, almost certainly built the house Bob Holman builds 17th C garden.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The wheels turn for Museum's vehicle collection / David Viner reports on the museum's collection of waggons. 48 objects assessed: 25 top-notch, 16 suitable for museum use, 7 effectively redundant. Conservation programme to be undertaken by George Monger. Keith Randall has built a medieval cart for Bayleaf. 9 vehicles on loan from Parham estate.
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