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2005/11Magazine / Autumn 20052005 - The year in pictures /
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005A real frame to climb on / Delegates of the third annual gathering of the Carpenters' Fellowship in 2002, kindly donated a children's climbing frame, which was erected within the Museum site following ROSPA guidemines during the Summer of 2005.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005News in brief / Wide range of events occur at the Museum including birthday and anniversary parties,
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 20052005 - The year in pictures /
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Twelfth Night and the Lord of misrule / The ceremonies connected with Twelfth Night. Christmas morning marked the end of a month of fasting and ushered in 12 days of feasting, games and relaxtion with culminated in Twelfth Night. During the Tudor and Stuart period great importance was attached to the rituals, including the use of candles, incense, special food and drink with the aim of placating unfriendly spirits and protecting the household for the coming year. Examples include the wassail cup,and the Twelfth cake. The first three pieces cut were assigned to Christ, the Virgin Mary and the three Magi. The remainder was divided up and the first person to find a bean or coin was crowned as the King or Lord of Misrule, a pea would designate the Queen and a clove, the Knave or Fool.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Twelfth Night and the Lord of Misrule / The ceremonies connected with Twelfth Night
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005News in Brief / The Wood Show, Gordon Rushmer's exhibition, Father's Day activities.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Museums are not just for history / Covers the widening uses that schools are making of the museum , including visits for maths, science and technology, and art and drama. 16000 school children already visit the Msuem and a new website is being designed to help teachers plan their visits to the museum with greater ease. The SEN project continues, and enhanced Winter openng hours means that more children can visit to study other subjects outside those covered by the Winter Workshop programme.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Get drawing! / Winners of the May half term drawing competition.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Memorial sculpture to Churchill spends summer in the Gridshell / A chance remark to John Ruffell, brought the "Song" sculpture to the Gridshell for the Summer. It was commissioned following the BBC 2 "Great Britons", the result of the public poll awarding the title to Winston Churchill. Paul de Monchaux was tasked with the design and chose a series of interlocking oak blocks, none of which could stand without the other, to symbolise his flowing and eloqent speeches. The sculpture was made by the Green Oak Carpentry Company, who also made the oak gridmat for the Downland Gridshell, so it was very fitting that this building should be it's tempoary home.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005News in brief / Resume of different events held at the Museum throughout the season including training courses for DEFRA, birthday and anniversary parties, meetings for the Chartered Institute of Builders, an Architecture Week Conference, Sussex Heritage Trust Awards Lunch, Parks and Landscape day for ADC, team building day for the CAA, and the WEA had a creative writing day using the buildings and landscape as inspiration.

In May 2005 the Museum was honoured to be the venue for the 90th anniversary celebrations for the Women's Institute. Despite the wet weather 483 members attended and had an enjoyable day.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Courses Programme 2005 - 06 Rural Trades and Crafts / Textiles, Early technology workshops and Homes and Gardens. Course titles, dates and prices.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Courses Programme 2005 - 06 Rural Trades and Crafts / Heavy Horse Experience days, Countryside Skills, Walks and Textile courses. Course titles, dates and costs
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Museum courses cover two-thirds of the year / The programme of courses continues to grow and 2005 saw 2000 students led by 66 tutors, with 245 course days being run.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005New image for Museum publicity /
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005New faces / Eddie Burch - new Trustee, Terry Smith - Finance Officer, Sue Stanford and Penny Beddoes - the cleaning team.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005In memory of Peter Vincent / Heather Vincent attended the Museum to unveil the seat made by Roger Champion to commemorate Peter Vincent, her late husband, both of whom were Museum millers for 20 years,
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Collections update - rat traps and a lethal bench drill / Reports a busy year for the Collections team, with 30 separate items donated and offers received far exceeding this figure. Acquisitions include items relating to Singleton School, rat traps given by David Drummond, a bench drill, a set of barn scales, a seed winnower from Elphick's seed and corn merchants in Lewes, and a milk churn stand which once stood outside a farm entrance in Fittleworth. After display it will be displayed close to the Museum's entrance. The off-site store project moves into it's last six months with the tally of treated items now over 275, there being approx 50 items left to process.
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Courses Programme 2005 - 06 / Full list of courses, dates and prices
2005/11Magazine / Autumn 2005Courses Programme 2005 - 06 Building conservation and the use of traditional materials and processes / Full list of course names, dates and prices
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