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2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Dinner doesn't get better than this / Friends of the Museum staged very successful fundraing dinner for 140 in Jerwood Gridshell Space in September in support of
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Sheep-shaped! / Sculpted, crocheted, embroidered, sheep-shaped, life-size evocation of the South Downs landscape - exciting new artwork. Crated by brighton-based textile artist Kate Jenkins as part of Arts Council England-funded project "Illuminating the South Downs'. SheepShape can be seen in the lobby of the hall from Crawley. Poplar Cottage featured.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Tindalls Cottage begins a new life / 18th century Tindalls Cottage, rescued from the site of the Bewl Water reservoir near Ticehurst, East Sussex, in 1974, has opened to the public.
Official opening performed by David Martin, leading member of the team that dismantled it nearly 40 years ago. Research by museum's Historian, Danae Tankard, has briefed the way the museum will interpret the house, which will be set during the period of occupancy of the first John Tindall, who lived there 1748-1766. Author Gillian Tindall, distant relative, was guest at the opening. House has featured in one her books: "Footprints in Paris".
Replica furniture made by museum's former master craftsman, Roger champion. Outside, a representative section of the original 26-acre smallholding will feature hops and farm livestock.
Donors and supporters: Department of Culture, Media & Sport/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund, The Headley Trust, Friends of the Museum,the Leche Trust, The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trus \\
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Duke of Kent's visit / Duke of Kent visited in the spring and is seen here watching a schools workshop about construction of the Downland Gridshell using a model surrounded by the building itself. With the Duke are Schools Services Manager Lucy Hockley and Museum Chairman Paul Rigg
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Medicine and mortality across the centuries / Weekend of talks and activities held in September. Talks chaired by Danae Tankard. 100 attended. Speakers included Clare Gittings, Dr Ian Mortimer, Dr Helen Frisby, Natasha Powers, Prof. Owen Davies. Displays and herbal demonstrations around the site - The Tudor Group, herbalist Christina Stapley, Worshipful Company of Plumbers, and museum interpretation team. Curatorial team held special display in the artefact store. Author Jane Borodale gave fireside reading in house from Walderton. NB: Museum Library also open all weekend with special display.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Dinner doesn't get better than this / Friends of the Museum staged a very successful fundraising dinner for 140 guests in the Gridshell in September in support of the
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Heritage Lottery Fund gives green light to The Gateway Project / Museum delighted to have received initial support from the HLF for
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Filming Tudor Monastery Farm / Following the long-running success of BBC2's living history series "Victorian, Edwardian and War Time Farm", BBC2 took up residence last autumn in the museum's stunning landscape to explore life on a Tudor Monastery Farm. The museum was chosen as it has on one site "The greatest variety of 15th and 16th century buildings in the country". The team, Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman and Tom Pinfold turned the clock back to the year 1500, which not only depicted a nation that was enjoying newfound stability and prosperity under the reign of Henry VII, but also marked the last decades of the monastic system. The team's demonstrations varied from sheep farming and harvesting to fashioning a printing press and building a Tudor clock.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Tindalls Cottage begins a new life / The 18th century Tindalls cottage, rescued from the site of the Bewl Water reservoir near Ticehurst, East Sussex, in 1974, has opened to the public on its new site at the top of the hill opposite Poplar Cottage. The official opening was performed by David Martin, a leading member of the team that dismantled it near 40 years ago. He assisted Joe Thompson, who led the restoration, with information about the building on its original site.
The re-erection of the oak frame followed many months of restoration work. Replica furniture reflecting the modest living standards of the Tindall family has been made by Roger Champion, the museum's former master craftsman. A representative section of the smallholding will feature the hops known to have been grown by the occupants and a reflection of farm livestock that might have been kept. The project was supported by grants totalling
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Team Players / Little did I know when I responded to an e-mail from Lion TV seeking a location for a historic working farm in September last year, that I would be co-ordinating the longest ever shoot at the museum. The film crew had to film a year's worth of tudor living in six months. My role was to achieve a 'win win' situation for both the crew and the museum, allowing to film what they needed yet minimise the impact on our visitors' experience and ensuring we could continue with our work. We were able to showcase our Historic Clothing Project as many of the volunteers and staff enjoyed wearing Tudor clothing as extras and presenter Tom Pinfold wore one of our own Tudor men's outfits for the whole series. It was a very positive experience for the museum and its community and it couldn't have happened without a great effort by all our volunteers and staff.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Friends' news / Day trips; fund-raising events; Committee changes - Margaret Ashdown stood down. Helen Bailie joined; Honorary membership conferred on Alan wood and Margaret & Ray Ashdown (outlines of their contributions to the museum). Membership matters.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Donors and supporters / The museum is most grateful to many individuals and organisations for their generous donations and support towards the rebuilding of Tindalls Cottage. These include a number of businesses and charitable trusts, plus visitors, staff and volunteers, also suppliers.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Sheep shaped / A sculpted, crocheted, embroidered, sheep-shaped evocation of the South Downs landscape is an exciting new artwork for the museum. Created by Brighton-based textile artist Kate Jenkins, this can be seen in the lobby of the hall from Crawley.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013In Brief / Tindalls Cottage provided an interesting challenge - the laying of a beaten loam floor. Using a recipe of two parts loam to one part kibbled chalk, with some sharp sand and water, the floors have been regularly tamped to create a 'polished' surface. When it was suggested that the floor in Poplar cottage should be relaid the presenters of Tudor Monastery Farm expressed an interest as part of a demonstration for the programme.
'Being a Museum Detective' is a colourful free booklet designed to interest children in their visit to the museum. Based on the traditional Eye-Spy books it helps young visitors focus on some of the lesser known parts of the collection.
Plants from the museum's gardens, which have traditionally been used as medicines, will be gathered by Museum gardener, Carlotta Holt, and volunteer Alison Cottell, who is Senior Tutor in Microbiology at the University of Surrey. Modern day assays will be performed by some of the students. Reports of the results will be published in a futu \\
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Heritage Lottery Fund gives green light to the Gateway Project / The Gateway Project includes the building of a new visitor centre and refectory together with improved interpretation and navigation across the site. The project will also building on the museum's already outstanding educational offer.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013From the Director / Positive things have happened in 2013 including the news that our Stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund bid had been accepted for the Gateway Project. Project managers have been appointed. Tindalls Cottage was opened by David Martin. Joe Thompson, the carpenter-in-residence and volunteer Alan Wood are thanked for their immense contribution to the successful completion of the construction. The area of hillside between Hambrook Barn and Tindalls Cottage is currently being worked on and will be planted as a downland wildflower habitat. Visitor numbers were lower than usual due to various reasons. In the spring we were approached by Lion TV who were looking for a suitable venue to film another of the popular historic farming series for the BBC. The theme this time was the Tudors and throughout the summer we have hosted the film crew and presenters who have been carrying out a range of Tudor domestic and rural activities centred around Bayleaf Farmhouse. The coming months will be very busy developi \\
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Courses / Historic building conservation courses: new - 'Carpenter's trestle' workshop; 'Fire in historic buildings' day. Group of Japanese forestry students from Nihon University for three-day programme.
MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation: new Building Conservation course leader: Eddie Booth; Ross Lovett awarded museum's Mitford Foulerton prize for an outstanding student.
Timber frames - products of timber framing from scratch courses sold to Moulsecoomb primary School Brighton, and Corfe Castle.
Traditional rural traded and craft courses: new courses and tutors
Conferences: 'Rise of the Arch' - collaboration with Lambs bricks; 'Medieval Roofs of Europe' - participants from Europe and all over UK
Walks and evening talks: great success and to be expanded
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Vintage & Steam draws the crowds / Vintage & Steam event highlights: parades of traction engines and commercial vehicles, demonstrations of a steam bicycle and a Fowler ploughing engine, the St Giles steam fire engine drawn by John & Rowena McDermott's Percherons, Chichester & District Society of Model Engineers, model steam boats on the lake, steam-driven fairground gallopers and saw, MG Car Club, vintage tea tent and music.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013The Plumbers Museum Trust Workshop / A fine example of the craftsmanship of the leadworker has been installed in the garden of the museum's entrance building. It is a replica of a special lead planter made to mark HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It will be planted with spring bulbs and miniature shrubs.
2013/10Magazine / Autumn 2013Demonstrating flax processing /
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