Museum History
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2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014New painted cloth commissioned for Bayleaf / A new painted cloth is being commissioned for Bayleaf Farmhouse to replace the current woven cloth in the hall at a cost of about
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Rethatching
the house from Walderton / Thatching under way towards the end of last year on the house from Walderton in the museum
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Bringing the Up Marden cartshed back to life / During its lifetime the museum has carried out a number of restoration projects off-site for other authorities, enabling a new lease of life for historic buildings in situ. In summer 2012 the museum was approached by the South Downs National Park Authority for help with the repair of a redundant timberframed cartshed at Up Marden.
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Administration of the Friends to be transferred to the museum / After much thought, discussion and consultation it has been decided by the Friends committee and the museum management that the administration of the Friends be transferred to the museum itself from the end of 2014. The proposed administrative change would not mean that the Friends ceased to exist, but that the organisation would become part of the museum management structure rather than running alongside it. We want to reassure you that no changes are planned as regards Friends benefits.
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Museum Friends
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014TOP MARKS ON TRIP ADVISOR! / The museum
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Flax processing at Tindalls Cottage / Visitors might well have seen demonstrations at Cowfold Barn last year of the processing of flax into linen yarn. We have used this to make string which is used on site for such things as tying up herbs in the gardens, or tying round the cheeses in our new Tindalls Cottage milk house. The demonstrations will continue this year, but now with the new interpretation facility of Tindalls Cottage we will be able to show the whole cycle of flax preparation over the summer season. A small amount of flax will be planted within the curtilage of Tindalls. This will be pulled in the summer, retted (soaked) and dried before being prepared by domestic interpreters Jo Shorter and Cathy Flower-Bond. The stems are scutched (broken) to release the fibres, which are then heckled (combed) to produce the fine smooth flaxen yarn ready for spinning. Pictured is Jo Shorter breaking (scutching) flax at Cowfold Barn.
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Creating wildflower meadows / Here at the museum we are committed to caring for our site in an environmentally friendly way as far as we possibly can. Our period gardens are managed in a traditional way and fertilised using dung and compost produced on site. Our meadows are managed for bio-diversity and the habitat supports bees, birds, mammals, butterflies and other invertebrate species. We can play a vital role in protecting the ecosystem that the wildflower meadows support and this also gives us an opportunity to demonstrate to our visitors a very important part of our environmental heritage.
The wildflower meadow next to Poplar Cottage was created at the end of 2012, using some of the wildflower turf which had been specially grown for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012. Poplar Cottage was originally built on the edge of wasteland, and so this 200sqm of wildflower meadow may replicate the area of common land which lay alongside the cottage
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Mowing our meadows . . . / Gradually we are increasing the areas of the museum site mown by hand with a scythe. Led by champion English scyther Mark Allery (who demonstrates pole-lathe turning and scything regularly at the museum) we have run training sessions for our volunteers who have picked up the skill with enthusiasm. Members of the gardening team now regularly mow the period gardens with the scythe, and you may well see other areas of the museum site being mown by hand. They use the lighter modern Austrian scythes, although you will also find Mark himself handling the older, heavier English scythes to mow our wildflower meadows. All our scythers are keen to talk to visitors and demonstrate the skill. Look out for scything courses in the rural crafts and trades course programme.
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Collections: New Acquisitions, Maintenance & Conservation / FIREBACK dated 1594
COWFOLD BARN -- new threshing floor
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Become a volunteer
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Treasures of the museum
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Historic Clothing & Textiles Exhibition
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014Arthur Plewis
2014/3Magazine / Spring 2014ALL SYSTEMS GO IN THE MUSEUM SHOP / The museum shop has sold almost 300 Tudor Monastery Farm books, reports shop manager Simon Bridge, who has now completed six months running the museum
2015/3Magazine / Spring 2015Examing the evidence - a new workshop of KS2, KS3 or KS4. / Regular readers of this magazine will have seen many articles outlining the research which underpins our understanding and interpretation of our historic buildings. One of our new workshops enables pupils to act as historians by sorting information, analysing real sources and ranking their relative importance. We discuss the different possible interpretations of the information - and of course part of the time is spent in the historic building that we've been discussing.
2015/3Magazine / Spring 2015Friends News / The administration of the Friends of the Museum moved to the museum at the end of 2014. Friends' membership privileges remain unaltered.

The Friends support the museum, running fund-raising events and social activities for its members. Since its inception it has raised a total of
2015/3Magazine / Spring 2015Find out more through the Museum's Library / The Armstrong Library at the museum continues to grow. In particular, several books on brickwork and wood carving have been added recently. The catalogue summary is now also accessible from the museum's new website. Visitors to the library in the market square and requests for help with research are always welcome. One or two more volunteers willing to join the library team would also be a bonus. The library is one of the leading archives in the country on vernacular architecture, building conservation and rural crafts and skills.
2015/3Magazine / Spring 2015Preparing the timber of the Saxon hall / Work has begun on preparing the timber for the museum's replica Saxon hall, to be constructed this year in the woodlands, south of Tindalls Cottage. The Structure will be based on archaeological evidence from an excavation of a 10th century site in Steyning, West Sussex. Details follow of how the timbers are being processed with numbered photos of the timber being worked and a detailed explanation plus how the hall is being interpretted from the archaeological evidence.
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