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2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Rural trades and crafts /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006It's an exciting time in heritage education! / Museum links with local schools for innovative project - The Cultural Entitlement Project, sponsored locally by SEMLAC saw media students and staff from Chichester High School for Boys and year 10 pupils from St Anthony's Special School focussing on the theme of "active citizenship". Working with the Schools Services dept, they created short promotional films for the Museum.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006News in brief / Sustainable Event - 21st May 2006. Special day for schools on 22 May 2006. Includes demonstrations, seminars and a wide range of exhibits of interest to domestic users and professionals.
Celebration of Gypsy culture will be held 15 - 17 Spetember 2006
"Open House" on Mother's Day 26 March 2006, all visitors will be admitted for
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Five Museum students achieve MSc academic success / Five students graduated in November 2005 from the Museum's Master of Science in Timber Building Conservation course and two others achieved Postgraduate Diplomas.
Fire! The Museum's Fire event will take place on 29 October.
One man's Christmas display delights visitors - Alec Peters provided a wonderful display of bygone Christmas in the Lavant Education Building for the Sussex Christmas celebrations 2005.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Timber Crane restored ready for new working life / The crane, which has been within the Museum's collections since 1997 came from Basing Home Farm nr Alton Hampshire. Work carried out by Ben Headon and Paul Pinnington over the winter freed the seized ironwork and the wooden frame was replaced with Doudlas fir. The project is expected to be completed in the spring and the crane will be erected in the Museum's timber yard.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Give you taste buds a treat in May / Annual food fair - Celebrate the Taste - takes place on the Ma Bank Holiday 30 April and 1 May 2006, hosted in partnership with A Taste of Sussex.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Staff changes / Carol Brinson - Events coordinator since 2003, is moving to Cyprus with her husband Malcolm, who is to become Director of Music for the Anglican Churches of Paphos. Carol became a volunteer in 1972 and has undertaken a wide variety of roles including warden and fund raiser.
Mick Betsworth - Retired in October 2005 having been employed at the Museum from 1993. After a lifetime in the building industry Mick was a fund of knowledge and possessed excellent traditional skills, seemingly able to tackle any job with confidence.
Chris Woolnough - joined as a member of the site maintenance team in December to replace Mick Betsworth. He has a wide range of experience in countryside management.
John Proctor - joined in January as Finance Officer following the departure of Terry Smith. He fulfilled the same role briefly in 1997/98. Before coming to the Museum he arn his own travel business in Chichester.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Geoff Busbridge / After a brief but valient fight against cancer Geoff Busbridge died in November 2005. He regularly demonstrated in the Smithy from Southwater.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Museum's courses reflect building skills and rural craft themes /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Hooked on the Museum! / Recollections from Walter Greenway from his long association with the Museum. Walter sadly died on 1 March 2006 at St Richard's Hospital following a road accident.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Rural trades and crafts /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Building Conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006Courses Programme 2006 - Rural trades and crafts /
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006"Hidden histories" olans to bring agricultural equipment to life - How the Museum has benefitted form its Designated status. / Support of DCF continues and in years 8/9 we have funding to collect and collate core audience data to link in with the Renaissance in the Regions programme. The second amount of funding under the category "Opening up collections" will allow us to explore the use and maintenance of animal powered agricultural equipment under the project title "Sustainable Power". A series of videos and manuals will be created in collaboration with the Museum of Enhlish Rural Life at Reading, and will deal with a generic type of equipment, and will provide a resource that can be shared with other museums, in-line reference and training.
2006/3Magazine / Spring 2006News in brief / Gransfors Bruks axe sales have grown in 2005 to well over 1000, with 40 types now available. They were discovered in the USA in 1998 by Richard Harris and first sold to students on timber framing courses. The Museum is now the largest importer in the UK of these Swedish manufactured axes and accessories.
Gordon Rushmer, who runs the Museum's painting and drawing courses and was our Artist in Residence in 2000, is to hold a retrospective exhibition of his work in Crawley Hall from 26 September to 1 October 2006. This year he celebrates his 40th year as an exhibiting painter and will include work from his student days, pieces produced in his role as a war artist and a selection of his tranquil country scenes.
Rare Breeds Show celebrates its 21st anniversary on 23 July 2006
2006/11Magazine / Autumn 2006Benefitting from the Gift Aid scheme / New rules relating to Giftaid were introduced in April 2006 by H M Customs and Excise. A visitor who is a taxpayer buys an admission and pays 10% more than the normal admission price. The visitor will have paid over and above the admission price but is given a 'thankyou' in the form of a replica medieval coin which they can either spend I the shop or caf
2006/11Magazine / Autumn 2006News in brief / The Worshipful Company of Plumbers appraoched the Museum to explore the possibility of erecting a timber spire for use in the teaching of roofing with wooden shingles. This project will be combined with that of accepting a bellframe due to be removed from a Sussex church tower. The necessity for the spire gives us the opportunity to offer courses in polygonal timber framing, with Joe Thompson as tutor.
2006/11Magazine / Autumn 2006New education website draws in the crowds! / A new website designed for schools and teachers planning a visit to the Museum was launched this year - www.openairclassroom.org.uk. The response has been enthusiastic with 35000 hits in the first month. The site provides information on the resources available at the Museum related to the key areas of English, history, science, maths and art and design and the aim si to provide readily accessible information to enable the planning of teacher-led visits.
The museum has started to expand its special events, such as Sustainability and Romani Roots, to include a day for schools, thereby addressing cultural and environmental issues in new ways.
Plans for the web site will include resources for the study of all the curriculum for nursey schools up to the sixth year. To help achieve this aim the Museum is working via the MLA Learning Links Placement Programme with primary and scondary school teachers, whilst Inset and Focus group days are proving a valuable way of \\
2006/11Magazine / Autumn 2006Friends' News / Gift aid and membership subscriptions
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