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1974/11Volunteers' News No. 4 / Winter 1974Cover Illustration / A picture taken from The Relative Advantages of Wind, Steam and Motive Power, by Samuel B. Goslin in 1881. A windpump similar to the Pevensey pump repaired by Peter Stenning.
1974/11Volunteers' News No. 4 / Winter 1974Copse Cutting / A 6-page article by Albert E. West on the management of Copses.
Headings are:
Character of woodland used.
Method of sale
Methods of cutting and tools used
Tying up and cutting out
Hurdle and spar making
Tallies
General
1974/11Volunteers' News No. 4 / Winter 1974The Educational Role of the Ulster Folk Museum. / A paper presented to European Association of Open Air Museums in summer 1974 by George Thomson, Director of the Ulster Folk Museum, which was established in 1958.
1974/11Volunteers' News No. 4 / Winter 1974Surveying the Museum Site / With the help of Pam West, George Newell surveyed the site in detail including finding the heights above sea level of the principal buildings.
1974/11Volunteers' News No. 4 / Winter 1974Local History through Documents / Kim Leslie continues his article on Local History through Documents with the detailed inventory of William Goodger of Singleton in 1705, and he asks for help in interpreting some items.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Treatment of details in re-erected buildings - Bayleaf - earth floors / Although probably correct historically, the earth floors are not practical for museum use. AGREED Mr Rigold be consulted about more durable and dust-free alternatives, and that some inconspicuous concrete composition flooring would probably be the most suitable.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Lurgashall Mill Complex / Mr Zeuner reported that the increase in cost of artificial linings for the mill ponds makes them impossibly expensive. Lining with clay is the alternative. The estimated cost of completing the waterworks, to include sluices, etc. is
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Treatment of details in re-erected buildings - Titchfield Market Hall - oriel window / Absence of mortices for studs in the relevant area is fairly conclusive evidence for an oriel window in the west end, but nothing is known of the style. Mr C Draper (builder in Titchfield) has indicated that oriel windows were common in contemporary buildings in the district. Mr Champion undertook to consult Mr Draper about surviving examples. Enquiry would be made of Mr Greiner to establish whether there had been any further evidence on those original timbers which were not retained.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Treatment of details in re-erected buildings - Bayleaf - louvre tiles for roof / AGREED in the absence of any evidence to suggest that louvre tiles ever existed in this building, and since certain timbers in the original roof might have indicated a central louvre, there is no justification for including louvre tiles now.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Possible Acquisitions - Watersfield 'Stable' / There were uncertainties about the original purpose and form of this building. There was strong feeling amongst the Committee that the Museum would not be justified in converting it to suit a museum purpose. AGREED the obligation to dismantle and remove it should be complied with, and that any decision about its future should be deferred until there had been an opportunity to examine the structure more closely and discuss it in detail.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Possible Acquisitions - Dovecote, Langrish Manor Farm / The owner is concerned about the need to repair this listed building which has developed considerable cracks in the walls as a result of subsidence. He has offered it to the Museum and it is likely that the Planning Authority would agree. It was decided that the Museum would, as a last resort, accept the dovecote but that first, every effort should be made to promote preservation on the original site. Mrs Hallam agreed to explore the possibilities and report to the next meeting.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Possible Acquisitions - Silverhill Barn, Hastings / The building has already been moved once, and has suffered certain modifications. It now consists of five bays but originally extended further at each end. It is a large building, and its size and proportions would make it difficult to associate with other buildings. However, it might with careful siting be included in the Bayleaf farmstead. A round-house might very suitably be connected to it. It is understood that planning permission for removal from the present site is conditional upon satisfactory arrangements for its re-erection elsewhere. Opinion was generally in favour of the Museum's acceptance of the building, especially if the developers could be persuaded to cover the cost of dismantling and re-erection.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Possible Acquisitions - Barn at Bramley, Surrey / This Barn, with softwood roof structure and weatherboarding is typical of the late design and is in good condition. It is thought that the owners would dismantle it with their own men and might help towards the cost of re-erection. However, it was AGREED that the building was not sufficiently significant for the Museum to accept in view of its commitments.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Tree Felling - damage during gales / General Hawes reported on the damage to trees on the Museum Site during the particularly violent gales of the last few months. Falling branches had resulted in some damage to parked cars. Urgent action had to be taken, particularly in the car park area. Mr Heymann commented on the extensive uprooting of trees throughout the Estate and outlined future policy. The following action is proposed: a) in the car park - all exposed standards need to be felled; b) trees north of the entrance will require selective felling over the next few years; c) ash trees on the site will be required for commercial felling; d) review of position annually, with consideration of the needs of natural regeneration and planting. Mr Heymann foresaw that there would undoubtedly be fewer trees in the Museum area. The Singleton hill woodland is due for felling - this will result in a dramatic change in the Museum landscape. Some educational value might be extracted by stressing the Museum's natur \\
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Forge Cottage, Charlwood / Confirmed that the structure was considered to be too incomplete for acquisition by the Museum. A strong plea for renovation to modern living standards had been made, but Miss Harding thought it extremely unlikely that the garage owner would agree to provide access, even to an employee.
1974/10SBC Minutes / 13 October 1974Village Plan - particularly in respect of the siting of the Crawley Building / AGREED the Crawley Building should be used for Museum purposes - to provide a shop on the ground floor, and a library and meeting place on the upper floor. The erection should be planned to conform to the traditional structure with all the original features visible, but to incorporate additional roof insulation and protection from damp and temperature variation. The incomplete nature of the building (at least one bay is missing from each end) might be demonstrated by making the end walls an uninterrupted plaster surface. AGREED an unroofed external timber staircase should be built for access to the upper floor. AGREED the building should be located behind a ten foot raised pavement, with its west end a bout 16 feet east of the end of the Market Hall. A smaller building with axis at right angles to the pavement might be appropriately sited to the west of the Crawley Building, with a small alley between. Because the pavement w \\
1974/1Newsletter Number Nine / Winter 1974New Appointments / Heather Jackson (later Heather Champion) is our Information Officer.
1974/1Newsletter Number Nine / Winter 1974Report on 1974 Season / In spite of the petrol shortage we've had a good year with 126,000 visitors. Titchfield Market Hall was completed and Geoff Kent is working on the cobbled market square. The car parks have been expanded thanks to a grant from the Countryside Commission. The mill ponds should be completed in the next few weeks. Lining the ponds will depend on raising funds. The Peter Minet Trust has helped. The Pottery Research Group have made considerable progress.
1974/1Newsletter Number Nine / Winter 1974The Official Opening of Hambrook Barn / Hugh Jenkins (Minister for the Arts) officially opened the Hambrook Barn on 7th June 1974. The Barn houses a small museum illustrating tne history of building methods in the Weald and Downland area. The work was supervised by Chris Zeuner and Roy Armstrong and the display stands were designed by Julian Hayward.
1974/1Newsletter Number Nine / Winter 1974Grants made by the Friends ro the Museum in 1974 / The Friends have made two grants to the museum:
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