Museum History
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2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Discover the Museum in winter! / Announcing new opening times for the Winter, the Tree Dressing event on 4th December, carol singing in North Cray on 12 December, and a Sussex Christmas from 26 December until 2 January 2006 inc.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Interpreting the Museum / Explains the purpose and development of Interpretation within the Museum. In 2003 the Museum published an Interpretation Stratergy and in 2005 appointed a Head of Interpretation, Hannah Miller. Re-enforces the purpose which is to help our visitors to understand our exhibits using the long-standing tradition of using people to talk to people. Outlines Principles of Interpretation as 1) interpretation on site is through people, activities and dsiplays. 2) Access to background resources will be through the proposed Orientation Gallery. 3) Interpretation is based on the Museum's resources and focused through themes. 4) Authenticity is the key value underpinning all interpretation. The Interpretation Team are responsible for demonstrating activities, provoking a response from a visitor which in turn leads to a desire to learn, revealing the many varied layers to a subject, communicating with visitors by talking to visitors and sharing infromation and memories, and sharing experiences \\
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005New image for Museum publicity /
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Creating a timber yard in the Museum's woodland / The timber yard on the edge of the Musem's woodland has recently seen the addition of rack saw, which belongs to staff member Ben Headon, who has kindly re-erected it for use within the yard. A newly acquired treadle lathe has also been installed and a timber crane is being restored to join these items. The timber frame has been with the Collections since 1977, when it was acquired from Basing Home Farm, near Alton, Hampshire. A fixed crane designed to move up to 10 tons at a time, it is hand powered and 6.5 meters in height. It is due to be completed in early 2006.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Collections update - rat traps and a lethal bench drill / Reports a busy year for the Collections team, with 30 separate items donated and offers received far exceeding this figure. Acquisitions include items relating to Singleton School, rat traps given by David Drummond, a bench drill, a set of barn scales, a seed winnower from Elphick's seed and corn merchants in Lewes, and a milk churn stand which once stood outside a farm entrance in Fittleworth. After display it will be displayed close to the Museum's entrance. The off-site store project moves into it's last six months with the tally of treated items now over 275, there being approx 50 items left to process.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Museum courses cover two-thirds of the year / The programme of courses continues to grow and 2005 saw 2000 students led by 66 tutors, with 245 course days being run.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005In memory of Peter Vincent / Heather Vincent attended the Museum to unveil the seat made by Roger Champion to commemorate Peter Vincent, her late husband, both of whom were Museum millers for 20 years,
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005New faces / Eddie Burch - new Trustee, Terry Smith - Finance Officer, Sue Stanford and Penny Beddoes - the cleaning team.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005News in brief / Wide range of events occur at the Museum including birthday and anniversary parties,
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005News in brief / Resume of different events held at the Museum throughout the season including training courses for DEFRA, birthday and anniversary parties, meetings for the Chartered Institute of Builders, an Architecture Week Conference, Sussex Heritage Trust Awards Lunch, Parks and Landscape day for ADC, team building day for the CAA, and the WEA had a creative writing day using the buildings and landscape as inspiration.

In May 2005 the Museum was honoured to be the venue for the 90th anniversary celebrations for the Women's Institute. Despite the wet weather 483 members attended and had an enjoyable day.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005New signage for the Museum site next year / The Museum's signage across the site is to be improved following a 66% grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport/Wolfson Foundation. The new sign format will include a picture of the building on it's original site, a few words description about the building,dates of dismantling and re-erection, and maps showing the buildings original location and position within the Museum.
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005Celbrating Something Special / A report on a conference held to mark the end of the Barclays Special Needs project. The keynote address was given by Eileen Hooper-Greenhill. Other speakers were teachers from participating schools, Jenna Eastlake of Barclays and Martin Tomlinson of West Sussex CC.
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005Taking new strides
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005Friends News / Day trips in 2005 to Waddesdon manor, Hidden London, Christs Hospital, Houses of Parliament, and the Museum of English Rural Life (Reading). Social events, fundraising, AGM.
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005Oxen at work / A report on a conference held in France in October 2004 entitled "Cattle at work".
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005Giants of the horse world converge on the Museum / A description of the Heavy Horse Spectacular and Autumn Countryside Celebration.
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005Getting Greener: Sustainability Event, 15 May / A brief description of the event.
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005News in brief / Graham Roberts of W Sussex CC has installed an infra-red camera to show pictures of the owls roosting in Court barn.
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005News in brief / The Worshipful Company of Masons has sponsored a new display in Court barn, including a new demonstration area.
2005/3Magazine / Spring 2005News in brief / Olah Roma! Traditional Gypsy Festival takes place at the Museum on 6-8 May. Evening concerts by leading Gypsy performers, organised by Roots Around the World, and events and activities celebrating other aspects of Gypsy culture.
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