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1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Master Plan - Views / Mr J Warren explained the importance of preserving the fine views at the Museum.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Master Plan - Buildings / Mr J Warren presented plans for groupings of buildings, including new groups behind the Mill, east of the central clump and within the new woodland area. AGREED the building groupings should remain flexible.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Master Plan - Vehicles / Mr J Warren explained a plan to create a vehicle route along the old timber track at the base of the woodland and also for diversion of the main site road to run through the village and emerge beneath Hambrook Barn. He explained a plan to divert vehicles leaving the car park behind the present office to avoid vehicles and pedestrians meeting on the dangerous existing 'exit' road.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Master Plan - People / Mr J Warren presented a plan showing varying pedestrian routes around the Museum, ranging from 500 yards to 2,600 yards, and "barriers" to prevent erosion and unwanted pathmaking, also to prevent potential visitors touring the Museum without paying
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Master Plan - introduction / Mr Zeuner said it had been envisaged that the Landscaping Report provided a basis for a revision of the Master Plan. Mr Warren said that over the next 10 years it was probable that the Museum would be attracting about 250,000 visitors, possibly 350,000. The greatest difficulties were car parking and the greater absorbtion of people within the buildings. Mr J Warren put forward suggestions - formulated with Mr C Zeuner, for the Master Plan under four headings: circulation of people, grouping of buildings, views and circulation of vehicles. (continued in next records)
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Croydon building / Mr I West reported the building's future was by means certain yet.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978The Platt / AGREED the Museum should contact Mr Elliott regarding the latest situation.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Langrish Dovecote / The building had been listed in October and was deteriorating. AGREED to inform the Department of the Environment of the local authority's decision and also the SPAB.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Landscaping - Compartments 1 & 8 / (see Minutes of Jan 78 meeting) Mr G Newell wished his views to be recorded: Compartment 1: he had felt there was no valid reason for moving the site road and to take it through the village would be undesirable; Compartment 8: he had felt a barn or stable would be suitable with Winkhurst house and that the re-erection of an outside privy had been suggested.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Crawley Hall / Mr J Warren reported spotlights would be used, mounted on the wallplate and between joists to light the building interior. AGREED the Museum should try to obtain upholstered chairs, with arms, if possible for the Meeting Room. The Committee accepted Mr J Warren's design for the end wall, incorporating an area for showing slides concealed behind oak doors when not in use.
1978/2SBC Minutes / 26 February 1978Langrish Dovecote - privy / Mrs M Hallam reported a good example of a privy was attached to the Langrish Dovecote.
1978/10SBC Minutes / 29 October 1978Charlton Barns/Materials Bank / Planning permission for a 'change of use' had been obtained with a series of conditions. Mr C Zeuner was hopeful that the first phase could be financed by a grant of
1978/10SBC Minutes / 29 October 1978Buildings Recently Inspected / Mr J Armstrong described two oasts which had come to the notice of the Museum in recent weeks. One was a mainly brick built pair of oasts and barn at Chiddingstone, owned by the Hever Estate, and probably 18thC. The building was situated on a triangle at a road junction. It was perhaps doubtful that planning permission sought for its conversion to a house would be given in view of the access problems and lack of curtilage. The other was a much earlier, possibly 16thC, example of a timber-framed oast house in which the kiln is incorporated inside the barn. Only two or three of these were thought to still exist in the area. The oast was in an inaccessible situation near Mayfield, on the edge of the Glynde Estate. Neither building had yet been offered to the Museum. AGREED efforts should be made to schedule or list the earlier oast in an effort to preserve it in-situ.
1978/10SBC Minutes / 29 October 1978Tree Felling / Mr C Zeuner outlined the result of a visit by the Countryside Commission, which had proposed as an alternative to clear-felling the beech behind Hangleton and Pendean planned by the Edward James Foundation, a postponement of the felling to preserve the trees' amenity value for the Museum. Official proposals from the Commission regarding compensation for the Foundation was still awaited. There was considerable discussion on the matter during which some members were of the opinion that immediate felling and allowing regeneration to thrive was the best policy. Others felt that postponement of the felling, in the knowledge that more mature trees would fall, was preferable.
1978/10SBC Minutes / 29 October 1978Horsham Shop / The unstacking and laying out of this building had revealed some problems regarding the condition of the timbers and the amount of the building the Museum had been able to take. AGREED to discuss the matter further at the next meeting.
1978/10SBC Minutes / 29 October 1978Windlesham Carpenters Shop / Planning permission had been granted to site the building in the backyard of the Market Square. Volunteers had begun work on the repair of the shop and it was hoped the building could be completed by the opening of the 1979 season.
1978/10SBC Minutes / 29 October 1978Court Barn / Mr R Champion had begun work on the repair of the building. A discussion document from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers would be presented to the Committee within the next few months. It was hoped the foundation stone could be laid by the Worshipful Company at Easter when the frame was in position.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Excursion '78 / Mr Hubling describes the visit for Friends organised by Bernard Johnson. Tithe barns at Great Coxwell, Bradford-on-Avon, Tisbury and Ashelworth; the site restoration at Cogges Manor Farm, which Mr Steine presented; St Fagans' Museum. Mr Hurley and Mr Allnutt gave interesting talks in the evenings.
1978/10SBC Minutes / 29 October 1978Master Plan / Mr J Warren produced copies of the final draft for the Master Plan, prepared by himself in association with the Museum Director, incorporating Mr I Hicks' and the Committee's suggestions for landscaping. The map showed some six sites in the "craft area" to the north of the site and a site possibly for a granary associated with the Mill. It was thought the junction with the Mill entrance should be in the form of a 'Y' junction or to include a triangular area of grass around which traffic could turn. Mr S Rigold suggested an armpost on the triangle giving directions and Mr C Zeuner said there was an example in store. Mr S Rigold suggested the boundary of the Market Square should be further west, leaving more room around the Market Hall. Mr J Warren outlined his idea for the change of direction for the main site road, to run in a 'T' junction from the present road to the craft area, past the market square and up the hill with an exit just north of Hambrook Barn. Mr J Armstrong preferred the p \\
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978European Conference / The European Association of Open Air Museums visited the United Kingdom, This was its eighth Conference, and it visited St Fagan's, Iron Bridge and Singleton, with a final dinner at Goodwood.
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