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1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Tread Wheel, Catherington / Has been given to the museum. Wheel being repaired and timbers of the wheelhouse stored at the re-erection site. Letter of thanks will be sent to the Prescott family.
1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Cruck Cottage, Boarhunt / Has been given to the Museum. Dismantling is in progress & transport being provided by W.Dean Estate. Bricks from this building are being used on the granary.
1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Zoning / The principle of dividing the site into zones with partial screening between each was favoured by the Committee as this would avoid the unnatural juxtaposition of buildings from chalk areas with those from the Weald. AGREED that for the present Zone D (see plan with hard copy of minutes) should be held in reserve.
1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Siting of Excavated Structures / The spur of higher ground within the western edge in Zone D (see plan with hard copy of these minutes) would resemble the natural setting of the Saxon Weaver's hut and would be fitting to the general plan of the Museum. AGREED that these visually small-scale and experimental constructions would not be appropriate to the wider landscape near the entrance. A clearing in the woodland to the north of the charcoal burning area would provide a suitable location for the proposed gruben-haus.
1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Littlehampton Granary / Frame is re-erected and brick infilling partly completed. Tender for thatching has been accepted and should commence in May or June. AGREED the two original grain-bins be installed, and original louvres.
1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Areas to be opened to the public in 1970 / Committee welcomed the suggestions of Mr Hyman (sic) and Mr Mills of West Dean Estate concerning the stockproof fencing of the grazing area, and the safeguarding of the newly planted trees. AGREED dogs should not be admitted this year. Location of car parks and picnic areas AGREED.
1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Siting and size of the lake / Variety of opinion. AGREED that size of the lake should not be so great to prevent the siting of buildings in this northern angle of the museum. On the other hand, it was appreciated that for technical reasons as well as for visual effect the area of water could not be reduced beyond a certain limit.
1970/2SBC Minutes / 8 February 1970Netherhale / A Ministry enquiry is scheduled for 16th April; Museum will be represented by J. Lowe, J. Warren & S.E.Rigold.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Wheelwright's Shop / Mr Arthur Plewis, a retiring wheelwright from near Rochester, had offered the entire contents of his workshops to the museum. Possibility he might move to Sussex to work for the museum. RECOMMENDED to accept and if he did move he should be employed.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Autumn Opening / The Director gave a brief account of the opening to the public in September and October. All arrangements had worked smoothly but it was clear that the car park must be considerably enlarged by next year.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Memorandum concerning building priorities for consideration by the Buildings and Site Planning Committee / (Note for database: This five page philosophical Memorandum dated 23 September 1970 and circulated for the October meeting poses the question "whether the main purpose of the Museum is to give as comprehensive and balanced a general view as possible of stages in evolutionary change and variations of status and use or to illustrate the greatest range and most striking variations of form and treatment" and a consideration of crafts, industries, farm equipment and curtilages. Refer to hard copy or PDF for detail) Minute: There was a strong feeling among members of the Committee that the museum should illustrate social as well as architectural history and that everything should be done to make the museum 'alive' to the general public. It was realised that while Mr Armstrong's list included some eighty possible buildings, the present site could not house more than about forty. Mr Heymann thought it unlik \\
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Site Circulation / Mr Warren presented a site plan showing his basic ideas about the future circulation of the public around the museum. Following discussion three recommendations were made.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Storage / Mr Champion reported on the desperate need for more storage, for objects acquired by the museum and his own tools and building equipment. AGREED the Director should advertise in the press and that the wagon shed be used for a workshop during the building of Bayleaf.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Crawley Barn / Mr Armstrong reported that this barn was now almost certain to come to the museum. RECOMMENDED that the barn be sited to the west of the lake and used to display the wheelwright's equipment.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Southwater Forge / RECOMMENDED not to acquire this building but should if possible salvage the tiles and bricks.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Lavatories / RECOMMENDED that the first lavatory block be placed in the car park area and the Rusper wagon shed might be used for it. Eventually a second lavatory block would be needed in the Bayleaf complex.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Bournes / Mr Warren reported there was now no chance of saving Bournes from demolition but Horsham U.D.C. would let the museum have the tiles and stone slabs if it would pay 25% of
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Museum Shop / Whilst it was RECOMMENDED that the shop be sited near the car park and housed in an old building, it was felt that the right building had not yet been found and that priority should be given to the lavatory.
1970/10SBC Minutes / 25 October 1970Fencing / The Director reported that the whole site would be fenced this winter with cleft oak post and rail. It was thought that a simpler type of fence could be used in the wood if it proved necessary to fence this boundary.
1969/5SBC Minutes / 30 May 1969Site inspection / Preparation of paths through the woodland and proposed sites for car parks and access from the Goodwood road were inspected. Mr Armstrong commented on the plan to plant trees in depth to screen the break in woodland resulting from the cutting of the road approach. Clearance of woodland is being carried out by volunteers. A bull-dozer has been hired to create the 'visibility splays' on the roadside.
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