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2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Friends News / Trips for 2007, Ightham Mote, Kent, 24 September, Faith, hope and charity, London, 23 October
Fundraising events, 4th Annual barn dance, 9 June; Proms by the lake, 30 June; AGM 14 April 2.30pm in the Downand Gridshell.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Friends Day trips 2007 / Kew gardens and Palace, London, 15 May. Rover & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, 20 June, Thames Barrier Park and Crossness Pumping Station, London, 3 July
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Matching old lime mortar in historic buildings / Discusses the need to ensure that mortar repairs are appropriate for the age of the building in question as an inappropriate repair can cause a great deal of further damage to a structure. A simple guide is to try to match the original mortar in colour, texture and strength, and the colour of the aggregate determines the colour of the mortar and the texture of the aggregate determines the appearance, and the binder ratio determines the strength of the mortar.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Courses Programme 2007 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes / List of course titles and dates
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Courses Programme 2007 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes / List of course titles and dates for 2007
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Dating the Museum's buildings by tree-ring analysis / Museum carpenter Roger Champion has been obtaining dendrochronolgy cores from the Museum's historic buildings to enable accurate dating by tree-ring analysis, full reports will be published in the autumn magazine.
Crawley Hall - 15 samples analysed, the resulting sequence having 124 rings and matches several regional master chronologies very well. A few of the samples have sap wood rings and the felling date is certain to be in the period of 1494-1526. Further analysis will pinpoint the dates more accurately and we expect an eventual terminal date of about 1515.
Hall from Boarhunt - More difficult as fewer original timbers survive. Eight timbers sampled, four have been analysed and shown to be matched pairs. The tie beams yielded a sequence with only 66 rings and could not be successfully dated. However, the corner posts had 102 rings and end with a sapwood boundary, resulting in the felling date period of 1355 - 1390.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Courses Programme 2007 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes / List of course subjects plus dates for 2007
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007News in brief / Sharing skills staff placement scheme, launched by Renaissance South East, part of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Partnership, during 2006, has been embraced by the Museum, with a numbers of other Museum staff having day placements within our teams. Our staff have also benefitted by taking placements with the Mary Rose Trust, HCC and the Pitt River Museum.
St Roche's Day service will take place at the Trundle at 6.30pm on 16 August and this year, father Peter Newsam from the Sacred Heart Church in Petworth will give the address.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Frustrating time for museum gardeners! / Spring and summer 2006 proved to be very challenging seasons with mice and rabbits decimating young crops in many of the gardens. The hot weather struck and watering the crops became a necessity. The first potatoes were dug on 19 June, a variety called Fourmost, grown in the Toll Cottage and the yield was good. Landcress, lambs lettuce and endive all went to seed early, but the old varities of radish stood up to the heat very well, as did the leaf beet and old varities of lettuce.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Betty Rush / Together with her late husband, Bernard, Betty was a dedicated volunteer for over 20 years. They worked hard particularly in visitor reception and the sale of horse shoes. Bernard, who was treasurer of the Friends of the Museum for six years, was still a volunteer at the age of 91 passing away seven years ago. Betty died in in January at her Chichester home at the age of 92.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Keeping evil at bay / The Museum has discovered a number of shoes and other items deliberately concealed in roof spaces or voids when dismantling or restoring historic buildings. Our collection has been visited by Dinah Eastop and Charlotte Dew of the Arts and Humanities Research Board Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies at the Universtity of Southampton in Winchester. They are currently leading a project to locate, document and research garments and associated objects found concealed in buildings.
Many reasons are given for concealmenst: one motive seems to have been for protection against perceived malevolent forces such as witchcraft, especially in the 17th century. Concealed garments are often found in caches, and may include, in addition to shoes and other garments, bottles, metal tools, fabric and leather scraps, toys, printed paper, coins, seeds and other organis matter, animal bones and pipes.Caches were commonly located at the entry/exit points of a building, such as fi \\
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Walking West Sussex Festival comes to Singleton / The Museum will host the fifth Walking West Sussex Festival, run by west Sussex County Council from 10-14 October 2007. The Festival will include a selection of 20 guided walks covering distances of 2 - 12 miles, and the Museum will provide opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside and find out how our rural ancestors lived.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Celebrating the harvest / The Harvest Procession took place in October during the autumn action half term. Gifts were collected from many of the historic houses and Reverend Richard Woods, Rector of the parish of Singlton, took the service.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Learning about buildings and rural crafts through the Museum's extensive courses programme. / Historic building conservation, Traditional rural trades and cratfs, Birds of prey experience, Wildlife and the law, At home with the ancestors, Courses for museum professionals.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007How you can help / Join the Friends
Become a volunteer
Leave a legacy
Provide an introduction to a sponsor or grant-giving body
2007/3magazine / Spring 2007 Museum films now available as podcasts / The word 'podcast' derives from Apple's 'iPod' and 'broadcast' and it is a system that allows contributors to place their work on an internet site - in this case, Apple's 'iTunes store', and users to downlaod the files onto their computers and then onto their iPods, usually at no extra charge.
The Museum's video team have made a range of films about the Museum available as podcasts including The Founding Years, the construction of the Downland Gridshell, the Museum artifact store, the Romani Roots weekend 2006 and the Timber Framing from Scratch course.
To access a PC or MAC with broadband internet access is needed together with iTunes downloaded.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Lanterns and a dragon fire up the Autumn / During the half term leading up to the Fire Event in October 2006, local artist, Rosie Morgan led workshops to make lanterns for the grand procession at the Event. A wonderful dragon was also created to sit on top of the bon fire which was lit by flaming arrows fired by archers.
A 'forge-in' was held by the British Artisit Blacksmith' Association, there was a display of vintage and modern fire engines, including the horse-drawn steam fire engine owned by John and Rowena McDermott, and lime and charcoal burns in the woods.
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Courses Programme 2007 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes / List of course titles including Gardens and The Tudor Kitchen
2007/3Magazine / Spring 2007Museum Friends' makes largest ever grants / In 2006, the highest ever grants of
2007/3magazine / Spring 2007Wooden scaffolding for Cowfold Barn re-thatching / Being so used to seeing steel scaffolding it comes as a surprize that wooden scaffolding was used as late as the 1930s. Peter Betsworth , who works at the Museum, can remember wetting the scaffold ropes in his first days in the buidling trade - they should not be allowed to dry out! In the early 1980s the late Geoff Kent erected wooden scaffolding as a demonstration. Cowfold Barn having its thatch replaced through the winter of 2006/2007 was an ideal opportunity to provide wooden scaffolding for Thatcher Chris Tomkins to use. Charlie Tyrrell, a stonemason and member of the international Guild of Knot Tyers agreed to erect the scaffolding, having learnt the technique from his father. Larch poles measuring 6in in diametre at the butt were sourced from Abingdon, Bershire and 1150 metres of rope made from manilla were used.
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