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1973/11SBC Minutes / 4 November 1973Croker Hill barn / Decided to take no action.
1973/11SBC Minutes / 4 November 1973Barn at Horsham / Decided efforts should be made to try and obtain some of the materials at the Horsham site.
1973/11SBC Minutes / 4 November 1973Little Winkhurst / Mr Armstrong had written a memorandum listing points needing consideration (see hard copy or pdf) and showed some slides illustrating some of the problems.
1973/11SBC Minutes / 4 November 1973Tree Felling / Mr Heymann explained the situation with regard to the felling of trees on the museum site, and the adjoining lands. It was explained that the trees were nearing the end of their lives, and also that many of them were diseased. If action is not taken now, many will fall of their own accord, and it would only be a postponement of the problem.
Mr Heymann also explained the plans for the replanting of the hillside, and expressed the hope that the reasons, and the action being taken, should be explained in the new Museum Guide. AGREED.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973Cover Illustration / Detail from Fittleworth Wall Paintings reproduced from a tracing taken by Marjorie Hallam. After conservation at the SE Area Museum Service laboratories four of these panels have been returned to the Museum and will form part of the Hambrook Barn exhibition.
1973/11SBC Minutes / 4 November 1973Saxon Hall reconstruction layout / AGREED a noticeboard explaining this exhibit should be erected on the site.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973The Potters Back / A 2-page article by Dennis May on the potters' work. The new kiln was based on a version excavated by Con Ainsworth. The first firing in it did not succeed, but in May Chris Doonan and Ric Launder refired it with success. Gerry McKee and Tim Rudwick made some chimney pieces, and a group under Richard Pratley made tiles. John Bell spent five weeks making pots. Fred Seyd's wheels are very fine. A site for a new building has been chosen.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973Triumphant Summer Season for the Museum / John Lowe reports that 1973 was a record year with 111,042 visitors: 62,000 adults & 49,042 children. Majority of children in school parties.
Major attraction was craft demonstration.
7 to 10 volunteers were available on every open day.
Next year open from Good Friday, 12th April to end of September except on Mondays.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973Appointment of New Director / Christopher Zeuner, who was Keeper of the Museum, is appointed Director from 1 April 1974, replacing John Lowe who was Director from April 1969. John Lowe remains as Consultant.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973Future Museum Events / Chris Zeuner reports that the exhibition in Hambrook Barn is near completion.
The aim is to get as many professionals as possible for craft demonstrations in 1974.
A shed from Coldwaltham will be re-erected for the potters overseen by Richard Pratley.
Clive Buckle and Lyn Benson are restoring a cider press given by Captain Tupper to Brighton Museum, which couldn't house it, in two bays of Kirdford.
Lyn Sharf [later Lyn Armstrong] helped by Bishop Otter students is restoring the charcoal day hut.
The Friends Committee has offered to supply a long wheel-base Landrover.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973Volunteers' Association / Chris Zeuner reports that an association will be set up for the volunteers.
All vounteers can join for annual subscription of 15p.
One AGM.
Members get free entry and can bring 1 guest to Museum
Each member will receive 3 Newsletters a year
Members will have access to courses.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973August Charcoal Burn / A 3-page article by Diana Sharp (later Diana Zeuner) describing a 24 hour charcoal burn in the Charcoal Burners' Camp at the Museum. 13 volunteers including Mr & Mrs Langridge built the kiln in five Sundays. It was lit at 9.00 am on Saturday. The Langridges, Don Glue, Peter Parish and Diana Sharp stayed awake all night. At 9.15 on Sunday putting out started, and at 11.00 it was raked apart and cooled. Jon Finch & Nigel Palmer also mentioned.
1973/11Volunteers' News No. 3 / Winter 1973Museum Events thourgh the Year / Chris Zeuner reports that Peter Parish has nearly completed the first Kirdford shed.
Ken Ayling, Ron Wakeling & Tim Jenkins are erecting second Kirdford shed.
Road across site complete, but please keep cars off site.
Anthony Simmons has nearly completed Goodwood Granary. The office, previously in John Lowe's house, has been installed within the Museum. Julie Hett's move to Singleton is welcomed.
Ivor Gardner has been working in the forge nearly every Sunday.
The machinery and floors have been removed from Lurgashall mill. Re-erection will be delayed for some time. Peter Minet trust has offered
1973/1SBC Minutes / 28 January 1973Storing of timbers in the railway cutting / In view of the deterioration which has become very apparent, AGREED the re-stacking and covering of the timbers be given the utmost priority. Mr Champion is requested to undertake this and is given authority to acquire suitable corrugated iron for constructing portable sectional roofs.
1973/1SBC Minutes / 28 January 1973Mr Zeuner / Election of Mr Zeuner to this Committee was proposed by Mr Armstrong and unanimously AGREED.
1973/1SBC Minutes / 28 January 1973Barn belonging to Viscount Falmouth / To avoid making any statement which might influence the Ministry enquiry concerning this 'listed' building, the owner should be informed that the barn cannot be considered for acquisition by the museum until the result of the enquiry is known. Col. Jefferis proposed that in every case of buildings which are subject to Ministry enquiry, the Museum should, as a matter of policy, refuse to express an opinion until the Minister's decision is known. AGREED.
1973/1SBC Minutes / 28 January 1973Resignation of Mr Gravett / Mr Gravett has written to explain his many other commitments but states his willingness to continue to help with advice on specific problems. Mr Rigold will represent Kent Archaeological Society.
1973/1SBC Minutes / 28 January 1973Ashington well and Patching horse-gin / Have been offered to the Museum; volunteers have undertaken to instal them. This will make an interesting supplement to the Museum's exhibits on ancient water-raising methods. A site on the north fringe of the village group, towards the forge, AGREED.
1973/1SBC Minutes / 28 January 1973Construction of models by Mr Champion / AGREED the most useful exhibit for the immediate future would be a model of a simple and typical roof structure illustrating the function of members and terminology.
1973/1SBC Minutes / 28 January 1973Goodwood Granary / This is a plain building which could be sited in the car park and be fitted out to serve a useful purpose as a site office. The Committee recommends the building be acquired for this utilitarian purpose and that arrangements to transport intact the short distance from Goodwood go ahead. Removal timed a little in advance of the museum's opening date might secure useful publicity.
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