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2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Two museum companies merge / Gail Kittle reports that two companies, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum Ltd and Weald & Downland Operations Ltd, were formed in 1998. Both were charities. Now it has been decided to re-combine the two companies. There are now Weald & Downland Open Air Museum Ltd and the trading company Singleton Museum Services Ltd. Both are chaired by David Tomlinson.
2004/4Magazine / Spring 2004Building Conservation Masterclasses / 5 Masterclsses in Building Conservation are planned in collaboration with West Dean College and English Heritage. ; Course Leaders are: John Ashurst and Alan Cathersides; Principal Tutors are : Colin Burrs, Joe Thompson and Brian Dawson,
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 20042004 - The year in pictures /
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Course news in brief / Introduction of the new "Green" day schools.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Course news in brief / New courses - Mills, furnaces, breweries and bridges; Length and Breadth: specialist tools for measuring; Basic woodworking tool skills; Leather working workshop; Tapestry weaving workshop; Living willow workshop; How to be a house detective.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004News in brief / Announcing Diana Zeuner's new book, Heavy Horses, published by Shire Publications.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Bob Copper / Died on 29th March 2004, aged 89. Part of the Copper Family, which for more than 400 years lived in and around the village of Rottingdean, working as shepherds, carters, publicans and farmers around the South Downs. The group visited the Museum on many occasions and the family tradition is set to continue.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Golden Wedding / Peter and Ruth Stock celebrated their Golden Wedding during June with a party in the Downland Gridshell.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004News in brief / Barn owls in Court Barn, four owlets in this year's brood
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004April Chandler / Died age 73, having been a volunteer since 2000. Contributed greatly to the smooth running of the shop.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Magazine changes / Both the Spring and Autumn issues will be of a similar size and both will contain advertising.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Friends Norfolk tour / Resume of the tour.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Course news in brief / New courses being run by Victor Chinnery: An appreciation of Early Oak Furniture, Furnishing the past, English furniture-making trades of the 16th and 17th centuries
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Friends 2005 Spring Tour to the Bath/Bristol area, 21-26 April / Resume of the planned trip.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Course news in brief / Christmas slanted courses, Carve a spoon for Christmas, Christmas stained glass window decorations, Christmas herbal gifts, Christmas rag rugging.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Enjoy winter at the Museum / Announcing Tree Dressing on 5 December, carol singing in North Cray on 13 December and tastes of a Tudor Christmas from 26 December until 3 January 2005.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Take a look "under the surface" / Under the Surface tours running every Wednesday throughout the Winter, led by Richard Harris talking about construction techniques and techniques of buildings in the Museum's collection dating from 17th century to the late 19th century and then followed by a talk from Jon Roberts about the domestic interiors, furniture, furnishings and utensils. Tudor lunch was included after which visitors could explore the rest of the Museum.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Volunteer Support Project / As a result of a grant from the Designation Challenge Fund the Museum has been able to produce a series of videos and DVDs to support of work of volunteers when talking to the general public. Twenty four titles produced on dvd and video (for loan), and there is also a lending library of books and copies of publications complied by Jon Roberts and Lara Band.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Museum becomes set for plague play / The Roses of Eyam was performed during the Summer by Crooked Rose theatre Productions. It was centred on the dramatic and true story of a village infected with the plague in Derbyshire in 1665.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004MSc course re-validated / The MSc in the Conservation of Timber Buildings was successfully revaildated via Bournemouth University during the Summer of 2004.
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