Museum History
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2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006New oxen pair to begin training / The Museum's pair of oxen Lamb and Leader were expected this year, to be seen around the site, ploughing, carting, rolling and harrowing. Leader was frightened by a loose dog and his behaviour became unreliable. Regretfully the pair had to be replaced and we now have a pair of heifer calves bred at Brinsbury College, their names being Gwen and Graceful.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006News in brief / Various groups and users of the Downland Gridshell conservation workshop.
The MG Car Club will be holding their summer gathering at the Museum on 6 August 2006, with some 200-250 cars expected.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and the Worshipful Company of Plumbers are to hold a two-day Conservation of Decorative Leadwork conference at the museum during May 2006.
Children's Activity days at the Museum.
Vegetables of all shapes and sizes. Old varieties of vegetables will once again be grown for sale within the Museum shop. They are produced by Chris Baldwin from the market garden within the arable fields.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Five Museum students achieve MSc academic success / Five students graduated in November 2005 from the Museum's Master of Science in Timber Building Conservation course and two others achieved Postgraduate Diplomas.
Fire! The Museum's Fire event will take place on 29 October.
One man's Christmas display delights visitors - Alec Peters provided a wonderful display of bygone Christmas in the Lavant Education Building for the Sussex Christmas celebrations 2005.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Hooked on the Museum! / Recollections from Walter Greenway from his long association with the Museum. Walter sadly died on 1 March 2006 at St Richard's Hospital following a road accident.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Staff changes / Carol Brinson - Events coordinator since 2003, is moving to Cyprus with her husband Malcolm, who is to become Director of Music for the Anglican Churches of Paphos. Carol became a volunteer in 1972 and has undertaken a wide variety of roles including warden and fund raiser.
Mick Betsworth - Retired in October 2005 having been employed at the Museum from 1993. After a lifetime in the building industry Mick was a fund of knowledge and possessed excellent traditional skills, seemingly able to tackle any job with confidence.
Chris Woolnough - joined as a member of the site maintenance team in December to replace Mick Betsworth. He has a wide range of experience in countryside management.
John Proctor - joined in January as Finance Officer following the departure of Terry Smith. He fulfilled the same role briefly in 1997/98. Before coming to the Museum he arn his own travel business in Chichester.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Geoff Busbridge / After a brief but valient fight against cancer Geoff Busbridge died in November 2005. He regularly demonstrated in the Smithy from Southwater.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Museum's courses reflect building skills and rural craft themes /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Rural trades and crafts /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Rural trades and crafts /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Rural trades and crafts /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Friends news /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006It's an exciting time in heritage education! / Museum links with local schools for innovative project - The Cultural Entitlement Project, sponsored locally by SEMLAC saw media students and staff from Chichester High School for Boys and year 10 pupils from St Anthony's Special School focussing on the theme of "active citizenship". Working with the Schools Services dept, they created short promotional films for the Museum.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Report from the Schools Services Dept / 2005 saw 24000 children coming to the Museum, (3000 more than 2004). They are mostly primary schools, but visits are also increasing from secondary schools, colleges and trainee teachers reflecting the value of the museum and its collections as a vehicle for learning.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006News in brief / Four special days are being organised in August by the Museum's schools service, Adult Education and Interpretation depts for children from less advantaged backgrounds. There will be a choice of four activities, picnic lunch provided and games for the energic.
The Friends of the mUseum have been given a log-cabin design quilt, which will be raffled at the Autumn Countryside Celebration (7 & 8 October)
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2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Timber Crane restored ready for new working life / The crane, which has been within the Museum's collections since 1997 came from Basing Home Farm nr Alton Hampshire. Work carried out by Ben Headon and Paul Pinnington over the winter freed the seized ironwork and the wooden frame was replaced with Doudlas fir. The project is expected to be completed in the spring and the crane will be erected in the Museum's timber yard.
2007/11Magazine / Autumn 2007People / Mark Buxton joined the Museum in Easter 2007 as horseman. He had been head horseman at the Royal Parks, based in Richmond Surrey and had visited the Museum over the past 13 years to attend the Heavy Horse Spectacular. Prior to this Mark was with the Royal Marines after which he worked on charter boats in the south of France and later for British Aerospace.
Shortly after joining the Museum a new Shire, Mac, was acquired. He is 10 years old and bred by the notable Shire breeder, the late Denys Benson. He is an old-fashioned sort of Shire with good draught qualities and is already working with Neville as a pair.
2007/11Magazine / Autumn 2007Timber framing at the Weald and Downland / Joe first visited the Museum in the 1970s as a school boy and was enthralled to a timber frame partly erected, probably Pendean Farmhouse. As a fledgling timber-frame carpenter 10 years later he came back, each time seeing something new in the frames being erected at the Museum. He became 'carpenter in residence' in 2002 and 30 years after his first visit still finds the detail and arrangement of the timber frames fascinating. He uses the timbers as a resource for the historic carpentry courses he teaches in the Jerwood Gridshell Space. In 2007 courses have included cutting and pitching a spire with steeplejack Peter Harknett and architect John Deal, and prefabricating and erecting a North American-style frame.
2007/11Magazine / Autumn 2007Timber framing in the weald & Downland / Joe first visited the Museum as a 10 year old school boy and remembers seeing a timber frame in the course of erection, which was probably Pendean. He
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