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1976/10Members' Magazine No. 8 / Autumn 1976Crawley Hall / Drawing by John Wararen of Roger Champion repairing timbers
1976/10Members' Magazine No. 8 / Autumn 1976Building of the Library, Record and Research Collection / Roy Armstrong writes four pages describing the principal objectives of the Museum to be a centre for research and the way in which layout of Crawley Hall is based on this. He writes of the scope and limit of the library and research materials, and encourages Friends to supply material.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Fountains Farm Barn / AGREED the Museum should accept the offer of the barn and its cattle shed, but not the granary which completed the group. This building was in poor condition and similar in type to the Goodwood Granary already at the Museum.
The buildings constitute an isolated farm group in Kirdford. Both are in good condition and well roofed and it was felt they could remain on site, with the farmer's agreement, until 1978. The Director felt the two buildings could be grouped together at the Museum, perhaps behind Bayleaf.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Sheffield Park Saw Pit / AGREED to accept the offer by Lord Sackville of this small building, probably constructed between 1800 and 1810 or perhaps later, which covered a timber-lined saw pit. It was probably originally enclosed fully on one side and half way along the other two sides, allowing timber to be rolled in from the fourth side. The building was in a dilapidated condition and would require an urgent dismantling job. The Director explained that this building of lesser quality than those usually considered by the committee was being put forward for acquisition because of its suitability for housing an exhibition on timber conversion techniques. Photographic work and equipment already in store at the Museum might be used in the exhibition. It was thought the building might be re-erected in the forge-stable complex.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Ashurst Granary / This three-bay wagon shed with granary above had been offered to the Museum by the owner as an alternative to offering it for sale for conversion for modern use. The roof is of part Horsham slab and part later tile, but it is likely the building was originally entirely roofed with Horsham slab. The timbers are in good condition and some wattle and daub panels remain. The building had probably originally been boarded on both long sides, with wagons entering from both ends. AGREED the Museum should accept the building and that the owner should be given reasonable notice of its dismantling. Mr Russell suggested an architectural student in his practice might like to draw the building and be present at the dismantling. The Director said it was hoped to dismantle the structure using either volunteers/part staff.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Robertsbridge Barn / This barn, inspected by David Martin, is now to be re-erected on a new site within the locality.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Wiston Wagon Shed / This building was now dismantled and in store at the Museum. A wagon shed from the Wiston Estate, it is in better condition than the one from Selsey. The Museum acted quickly to save the building after the owner stated his intention of removing the tiles. He later offered the building to the Museum.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976List of buildings desirable for the Museum / A list of building types thought desirable for the Museum had been drawn up by the working group discussing broad future policy for the Museum and would eventually come before the committee for members' comments.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976North Cray / There was still no decision from the local authority on the future of this dismantled building. AGREED to ask Mr Tester to inspect the timbers in the meantime.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Ticket Kiosk / The Director reported that he favoured a central ticket kiosk at the car park entrance to increase security of volunteer stewards and cash. The present arrangement had been criticised by security experts. This method would involve widening the entrance and lopping branches and would have the advantage of enabling two volunteers to sell tickets from the same kiosk. No major trees would have to be felled. Mr Warren did not agree with the proposal and said he would like to see the Toll Cottage moved, a chimney inserted and the building used as a ticket kiosk, placed just in front of the present one, on the Museum side of the belt of trees dividing the main site from the car park. Mr McDowall felt the window opening on the Toll Cottage was too small to ticket and guide book selling, and a second kiosk would still be needed on the other side of the entrance at peak times. He felt it was not a solution to the existing problem. Mr Armstrong felt the difficulties of restoring the building to its \\
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Temporary extension of office accommodation / The committee accepted the proposal for temporary additional office accommodation to cope with the Museum's increasing stock problems, and difficulties arising from restricted space and privacy in the present office. The proposal had been accepted by the Council of Management. It was considered that a "portakabin" type of structure could be bought reasonably cheaply and the Director envisaged it would serve as office accommodation for five to ten years. The proposed site was set back from the granary and protruding into the shrubbery on the other side of the exit roadway which would be blocked off by the building. The site was considered best because of its close proximity to services.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Lime Washing of Winkhurst / Mr Champion explained Bayleaf had been successfully lime-washed on a yearly basis, the mixture of lime, tallow and cow dung reinforcing the daub beneath. It was known that buildings in medieval times were sometimes lime-washed over the timbers too and it was considered that this experiment could be carried out on Winkhurst as a way of demonstrating to the public that not all buildings were "black and white". Members felt it worth carrying out the experiment and the Director said it would be explained in the guide book. It was felt the use of a water repellant preservative could be beneficially used on the sole plate before the application of the lime wash.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Siting of Boarhunt / John Warren recommended that we reconsider the siting of Boarhunt Cottage which he felt was inadvisedly sited in the light of land use considerations that may in the future affect the Museum. No details are available and the Committee was asked to treat the matter as confidential. Mr Heymann agreed and explained that Mr Warren and he were giving this information at this stage so that the Museum should not site a building in a position that it may later regret. Mr Warren proposed a site for the building to the south of the clump of trees behind Bayleaf but members felt this was a prime site for a larger and more important building. It was decided, after a vote was taken, not to depart from the previously agreed site.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Clements Farmhouse / AGREED this building should be accepted by the Museum provided further investigation showed the building to be suitably complete. The house stands on the edge of a quarry near Rochester, Kent, owned by Blue Circle Cement, who have offered to pay for the dismantling costs of the building. The local authority had indicated they were unlikely to oppose quarry extraction on the land on which the building stood. It was also felt that its position close to a 200ft sheer drop would make it an undesirable place for a potential purchaser to consider. Mr Harris had been investigating the building and reported it was a two-bay hall and crosswing jettied in the front and long elevations. A cross passage 4ft 6ins ran the whole length of the wing which was 25ft long. The crosswing framing seemed complete including spere posts framing the entrance to the hall. It was difficult to assess the condition and completeness of the building because it was covered with a hard concrete rendering which prev \\
1976/1SBC Minutes / 4 January 1976Longterm plan for landscaping and tree planting / Matters arising from previous meeting (28.9.75): Mr Heymann suggested that Scots Pine as referred to in the note on Zone 3 would be highly unsuitable for the soil. AGREED the previous decision was an expression of outline aims and would have to be adapted to meet particular conditions. Zone 7: Mr Warren's plan suggested a possibility which involved fundamental issues concerning the admission of the public. AGREED these would be considered in a wider context as a separate issue.
1976/1SBC Minutes / 4 January 1976Director's Report on Projects in Hand - Pendean / Will be complete within two months. Some special 6" x 6" tiles are being made. A hawthorn hedge is being planted.
1976/1SBC Minutes / 4 January 1976Director's Report on Projects in Hand - Lurgashall Mill / Two men will be employed on the stone work during the summer.
1976/1SBC Minutes / 4 January 1976Director's Report on Projects in Hand - Workshop / Removal to the railway cutting is now complete.
1976/1SBC Minutes / 4 January 1976Director's Report on Projects in Hand - Small storage shed /
1976/1SBC Minutes / 4 January 1976Director's Report on Projects in Hand - Entrance Roadway / The surface has not stood up to the considerable wear; it is now considered essential for the length between the entrance gate and the ticket kiosk to be finished with tarmac and chippings.
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