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1975/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1975Landscaping and Tree Planting / Mr Russell stated that he had spoken to Professor Andrew and Mr David Streeter both of whom expressed their willingness to co-operate in advising on the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs.
1975/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1975Lavant House / Mr Zeuner reported that this building was offered to the Museum at the stage when its historical interest was recognised but when it had already been partially demolished. The surviving two-thirds of the structure was accepted on behalf of the Museum as an emergency decision. There is no commitment to re-erection. The total cost to the Museum was
1975/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1975Boarhunt Cottage / A most detailed and comprehensive study of this base-cruck cottage was presented by Mr Harris. His written assessment was amplified during discussion, and the Chairman expressed the Committee's gratitude for the very thorough report and for the advice on the feasibility of reconstructing the very incomplete structure. Mr Zeuner considered that it would be possible to include the work in the Museum's programme, and that Anthony Simmons would be able to carry out the reconstruction with the benefit of close direction. After considerable discussion of the historical significance and rarity of the building - and of the practical problems of deterioration and its incomplete nature - the Committee AGREED that the building was a desirable exhibit for the Museum, and RECOMMENDED that its reconstruction should be brought into the work programme. The Committee wishes to have an opportunity for further consideration of the arrangements for reconstruction and of the detail of treatment, at a tim \\
1975/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1975Crawley Hall / The memorandum prepared by Mr Warren was considered. AGREED the building should be sited on the North side of the square so that the reconstructed wing would face, and be partly hidden by, the Market Hall; the surviving bays would face directly on to the Square; the Horsham Shop should be situated directly to the East with a narrow "twitten" or passage between the two buildings; Planning Permission for its siting and that of the Horsham Shop should be submitted to the Planning Authority as soon as possible as Roger Champion would be ready to start on the repair work early in the autumn. Use: Although there is no intention of altering the plan for the upper floor, it was generally AGREED that the museum shop could not be accommodated satisfactorily on the ground floor of this building. It is now RECOMMENDED that the museum office might be located in that space, where privacy and some degree of quiet may be more easily arranged than in the Goodwood Granary. The outer room may provide useful \\
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975President / Lord Egremont is now President of the Museum
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975Friends of the Museum / John Lowe reports to the Friends.
In future magazines for Volunteers and Friends will be brought out together.
He regrets the death of the President, the Duke of Norfolk.
Mrs Kessler becomes Hon. Treasurer. He thanks John Hill for his previous work.
Saturday afternoon seminars at West Dean will continue.
Account of AGM in County Hall.
Congratulations to Christopher Zeuner and Diana Sharp on their wedding.
Life membership urged:
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975The Singleton Museum: A Policy for the Future / Roy Armstrong reports that the purpose is to be a museum of representative traditional buildings which can't be preserved in situ, with focus on buildings of sub-manorial status.
Master plan 40 buildings: 13 or 14 in village area, 7 or 8 farms with farm buldings & 6 or 7 buildings accommodating crafts.
His view is that 40 acres and 40 buildings is desirable limit.
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975The Earl of March, F.C.A / The Earl of March says that in support of the Historic Houses Campaign he has put the petition against the proposed legislation in an empty room to show the likely effect, and has asked visitors to join Historic Houses Association.
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975Building Programme / The building programme has been delayed by bad weather. Most effort on re-erection of Pendean.
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975Museum Library and Crawley Hall / Plan is to erect Crawley Hall to house Museum Library. Roy Armstrong's large photographic collection. Mrs Jenni Leslie offers her skills as Honorary Librarian.
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975Winter Openings / Winter opening started on Sundays only. On 31 days 2408 visitors
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975Museum report / First year of winter opening on Sundays produced 701 children and 1707 adult visitors.
Crawley hall will house the library with Mrs Jenni Leslie as Honorary Librarian. Aim is to start its erection this season.
Cold and wet weather has delayed re-erection of Pendean; this has further delayed work on Watersfield stable.
Workshop site will be moved to railway cutting, but a small workshop may be kept in a cattle shed.
Public will still see erection of buildings.
Excavation of the lake site complete, and we may line it this summer. We also aim to construct foundation for the mill and dismantle stone work at Lurgashall.
1975/4SBC Minutes / 27 April 1975Boarhunt cruck cottage / Although this building is unlikely to be included in the re-erection programme for three years, an opportunity has arisen to consider various ways of treating it. Its unusual style makes it highly significant in the Museum's collection, but its dilapidated condition and the damage which was caused by outside bodies during dismantling will pose special problems during reconstruction and will inevitably result in the finished building containing a high proportion of new material. Mr Zeuner proposed that Mr Richard Harris be invited to discuss the matter at the next Committee meeting.
1975/4SBC Minutes / 27 April 1975Crawley "Upper Hall" / Mr Warren circulated a document stating the principles involved in the reconstruction of this incomplete and indeterminate building, and emphasised the view that the Museum, in spite of planning to use it for practical purposes, should adhere strictly to the policy of honestly reconstructing every part or element which is known to be original. Mr Armstrong considered that, since the Museum had no alternative but to use old buildings for practical purposes, such buildings must be constructed to suit their planned function. This means that the exterior of the building should represent its original appearance, but the interior must be suitable for its special purpose. Obviously only buildings where the interior was less significant would be considered for such exceptional treatment. Instances where the Museum had already put this principle into effect are the Goodwood granary, the Littlehampton granary (temporarily) and the hovels used to house lavatory facilities. Mr Champion report \\
1975/4SBC Minutes / 27 April 1975Petworth Barns / Several barns on Petworth Estate may be offered to the Museum in the next few years, but the future of two of them as to be decided now: a) Sparkes Farm barn: aisleless, of five bays, with gabled roof and probably dates from the late 18thC. Has a side-purlin and queen strut roof and is of a standard type for the central Weald. Structure in very good condition. (Note: It now seems likely that Sparkes Barn will be saved in situ. CZ) b) Ebernoe Common barn: of a similar size and design but not in such good condition. Probably of the late 16thC or early 17thC and historically of more importance since it possesses mangers, threshing floor and draught boards. Attached to it is a two-bay open-sided hovel with cobbled floor and gully. In size, style and period it would be a suitable companion for Pendean farmhouse. AGREED both barns be accepted, but without any commitment to re-erect. Considered Sparkes Farm barn might serve some Museum practical purpose, although failing other alternatives b \\
1975/4SBC Minutes / 27 April 1975Landscaping of the site / Mr Zeuner reported on his discussions with Mr Heymann and Mr Sheridan. He undertook to prepare, in consultation with Messrs Warren, Russell and Heymann, an illustrated study document for discussion in Committee. Revision of the lease would provide an opportunity for some alteration to the Museum boundaries, particularly in relation to the areas beyond Hangleton cottage and around the Charcoal burners' camp; and for considering the situation on such issues as forestry and shooting. Mr Warren considered the present lease unsatisfactory in relation to timber management. He emphasised that the negotiation of a revision was a matter for the Council of Management, but that the advice of this Committee on the effect of the proposed alterations - particularly in respect of potential building sites - would undoubtedly be welcomed. Mr Heymann reported that the Trustees were very concerned with amenity values, and were likely to welcome the incorporation of a management plan in the lease. \\
1975/4SBC Minutes / 27 April 1975Netherhale / Mr Armstrong referred to the lengthy correspondence over some years with Corpus Christi College about this building. The matter has now been revived because the College finds that present costs prohibit their planned restoration. They have applied for consent to demolish. AGREED the large and complex and much altered building could not be accepted as a candidate for re-erection at the Museum, although its important features were fully recognised. The best course for the Museum might be to produce models showing the house as it is, and as it might have been in the past and to associate with these a display of specimen original timbers. To avoid influencing the decision of the appeal board, Corpus Christi College should be informed that the Museum, whilst appreciating the undoubted significant features of the building, could not reach a decision until the outcome of the appeal was known.
1975/4Members' Magazine No. 5 / Spring 1975Lurgashall Mill / Lurgashall Mill
1975/10Members' Magazine No. 6 / Autumn 1975The Austrian Open Air Museum in Stubing, near Graz / A 4 page article on the Austrian Open-Air Museum at Graz written by its Director Professor Potter.
1975/10Members' Magazine No. 6 / Autumn 1975Museum report / Geoffrey Godber replaces James Farmer as Chairman.
Richard Harris has been appointed Assistant Research Director.
Attendance at Sunday Evening Talks was disappointing.
Roger Champion has nearly completed his work on Pendean.
Anthony Simmons has completed repair of the roof of the Watersfield Stable.
Peter Stenning has completed rebuild of Windpump from Pevensey.
Crawley Upper Hall is next building to be undertaken by Roger Champion.
Geoff Kent and John Friar, helped by students, have dismantled the mill walls at Lurgashall. Paul Simons has prepared drawings for the reconstruction. Work is starting on lining the lake. Mr. Berry of Howard Humphreys & Sons has reported on the stability of the banks.
After many trees were lost in the gale a plan for replanting this autumn has been prepared.
Scouts from 4th Portsmouth Troop under Laurance Kent have undertaken to rebuild of the wagon shed from Selsey.
Volunteers wanted for work in the winter.
Security of the site at night needs tigh \\
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