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2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004The Museum's most popular event- the Rare Breeds Show - 25 July / Advertisement for the Rare Breeds Show
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004www.wealddown.co.uk / Jeff Houlton explores the success of the Museum's website, launched in Feb. 1999. 15,000 visitors in the first year, and nearly 200,000 in 2003. The main aim is marketing. To encourage visitors from far afield we've created a mini-tourism site for visitor attractions within 10 miles. In 2000 we added French, German and Dutch language.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Events Diary 2004 / Main events include: Mothering Sunday, Celebrate the Taste, Sustainable Building Event, Half-term Activities (twice), Heavy Horses, Father's Day, Early Music Afternoon, Rare Breeds, Children's Activities, Rural History Re-enactment (twice), Autumn Countryside Activities, Tree Dressing, Taste of a Tudor Christmas.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Using the Museum for a wide range of events. / Diana Rowsell reports on the use of the Museum for a wide range of events: a film location; student groups on special focused visits (Lambeth College, Plumpton College, Bournemouth University, UCVL, Sussex University under David Martin). Organistions using the Museum include: DEFRA; HMS Sultan; SPAB (Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings); Architects Club; Worshipful Company of Plumbers; probation officers from all over Europe; South East RIBA; West Sussex County Council; Chichester District Counci, l; Country Landowners Associatioon; Forestry & Timber Association; West Susssex Museum Council; Trussed Rafter Association; Sussex Downs Conservation Board; John Wiley; Veteran Car Club. Family events included birthday parties, and weddings. Contact Rebecca Osborne.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Fifth cohort of students complete PGDip at Museum. / The fifth cohort of students are on track to complete the PGDip in "Conservation of Timber Buildings" at Bournemouth University. In 2003 4 students were awarded full MSc degrees: Robert Demaus, Guy Bradshaw, Richard Greening and Mark Hicks.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004New diploma programme at West Dean College. / The University of Sussex has validated a new postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in the Conservation of Buildings, Interiors and Sites to West Dean College to add to its 6 other PGDips. The Museum has collaborated with West Dean College in the development of this PGDip. People involved are Dr Roger Brown, Dr Edward Winters, Pat Jackson, Prof. John Ashurst, Pat Taylor.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Tudor flower border in Summer . . . / Bob Holman reports on the gardens. A 10-ton load of manure from the Goodwood Estate helped. Dawn Stavens uses the herbs from the Bayleaf garden. The Toll Cottage garden is undergoing a rebuild. Jill Dickins and Thelma Jack are Bob's volunteer helpers.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Museum magazine database / Walter Greenway is creating a database of the magazines produced by the Museum, most of which were edited by Diana Zeuner.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004David Shean / David Shean died in May. A crab apple tree was planted in his memory in the Pendean garden; a replica apothecary's chest has been built by Paul Pinnington.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Staff Changes / After Diane Walker's departure Ian Pearce was Acting Education Officer, but he left, and Christine Standing, Sally Murdoch and Dawn Stevens have done the work. Now Diana Rowsell has been appointed Head of Learning. The Museum has told the West Sussex Countryside Studies Trust that it no longer wants to share its Education Officer with the Trust.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004News in brief / The following weddings get special mention: Graham and Karen Godley; Steve and Carol Corbett; Fran Bell and Mike Farley; Darren Pullen and Paula McGovern; Zoe Jack and Wayne Brodie.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Firing a brick kiln / Martin Hammond describes his work when he built and fired a brick kiln for the Fire Event at the Museum.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Supporters / The following are supporters; Barclays Plc; Bassil Shippam & Alsford Trust; David Benson; The Carpenters Company; Chichester District Council; John Coates Charitable Trust; The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust; The Esmee Fairbairn Charitable, Trust; The Foyle Foundation; Friends; The Golden Bottle Trust; The Headley Trust; The Peacock Trust; J. R. Rank; Resources Council for Museums Libraries and Archives (Designation Challenge Fund); The Sargent Charitable Trust; J & A Swain; West Sussex County Council; Woodland Heritage; The Worshipful Company of Plumbers; The Worshipful Company of Masons.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Something Special / Barclays have supported the Museum's work for Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools. More than 800 children benefited. The SEN events for 2004 are: Shakespeare for SATS; Working with animals; Fire and Light; Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; Harvest Home.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Visitors flock to our events / Gail Kittle reports on the success of the special events in 2003, which were organised by Carol Brinson and supported by Woodland Heritage. The February half-term activities produced 75% more visitors than 2002. Mothering Sunday had 3 times the total number of visitors. The Association of Environmentally Conscious Building will be associated with the Sustainable Building event in 2004. The Heavy Horses Sunday followed the British Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club cross-country driving trials in the Museum and the West Dean Estate. The Early Music Afternoon. The Rare Breeds made up for the drop in the last 2 years due to foot-and-mouth. Over 5000 people enjoyed the Children's Activities, and 4774 people the History Re-enactment Workshop. The Autumn Celebrations were held earlier than usual and over 5,000 visitors attended. The total visitor numbers on event days was 44,630. 18% up on 2002.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Treasures among our collections / Julian Bell reports that our collections comprise some 10-12,000 items. He mentions three special donations: the Swain , Best and Plewis Collections.
The Swain Collection, donated by Jan and Andy Swain, is of cooper's tools.
Mr P. J. Best farmed in Hazely, near Winchester. His daughter gave the Museum a shepherd's hut, a living van and substantial historical information about the life of her father.
Arthur Plewis was a wheelwright, undertaker and general builder in High Halstow, near Rochester. On his retirement in 1971 he gave the entire contents of his workshop to the Museum.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Friends' News / Family Barn Dance in Gridshell on 5th June. AGM on 17th April. New tour organiser needed following the retirement of Jean Piggott, please contact Frances Messenger. The Friends granted
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Friends' News
Day trips for 2004 / The day trips planned for 2004 are to: Red House and Hall Place, Bexley; Royal Windsor & Runnymede; Losely Park with pre-booked lunch at Chestnut Lodge; Bards, Bishops & Brothels - a visit to Southwark's Bankside; Chawton House Library.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Education update. / The Foyle Foundation provided funds towards the production of a new teachers' pack, much work for which has been given by Keith Oakley.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Courses in rural trades and crafts / 66 course are planned for 2004. Contact Diana Rowsell.
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