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2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Laying the basis for the Museum's future / First article on the Orientation Gallery project covering the need for the Orientation Gallery: the need for improved visitor facilities: the vision for the new building with regard to Sustainability, low cost, inspiration, access, Gallery and Diffusion
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Visitor numbers and the "Gridshell effect" / Visitor numbers remained similar to 2003 until August 2004, the ensuing bad weather caused numbers to drop. The visitor profile for 2004 has changed from 2003 in that the number of adult visitors have reduced. This could be attributed to the "Gridshell effect".
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004New Head of Operations / Henry Warner joined the Museum in August 2004, as Head of Operations. Aged 48, Henry has worked for the Sussex Archaeological Society and in the recent past worked for Fishbourne Roman Palace and Michelam Priory. He was born in Emsworth and has two children Richard 16 and Stephanie 10.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004New cooks in Winkhurst kitchen / Dawn Stevens leaving to pursue further academic studies and Annie Keys and Liz Ramsdale joining the Winkhurst team on a job share basis.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004News in brief / The Museum hopes to claim approx
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Museum tackles off-site large objects collection / In April 2004 collections team began a
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Nigel Stephens / Nigel Stephens, a vice-president of the Museum and past chairman, died at his home in Cornwall in August 2004, he was 75.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004More help in the office and out on site / Susie Jardine joins the team as (part time)duty officer assisting Bob Easson, and Katie Hunwicke joins the administration team working part time to assist Julie Aalen.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004News in brief / Establishment of the Interpretation department. Josephine Sharpe was employed for six months before moving on to the National Trust in Norfolk, and during this time she created inventories of the furnished houses, lists of suppliers, and updated the house steward files.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Schools services / Appointment of Jennie Peel as Schools Services Manager. Jennie was the Head Mistress of Conifers private school. She is joined by Rachel Neville in an administrative role. Rachel has a degree in National Resources and administrative experience with a number of organisations and until recently, has worked as a volunteer at London Zoo.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Museum shop moves towards local products
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Joan Harding / One of the Museum's longest standing and most loyal supporters died on 10th June 2004. Founded the Domestic Buildings Research Group and was in the founding group of the Museum. In 2002 she donated her collection of pottery scale models of houses to the Museum. Awarded an MBE in 1991 for her services to national heritage in Surrey.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004David Jeffrey / Died suddenly at the age of 64, was a volunteer miller.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Peter Vincent / Died aged 81 not long after his retirement as a volunteer. With his wife, Heather he operated the watermill for 20 years.
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004New event for local community on Mother's Day / Launch of Local residents day where residents of Singleton, East & West Dean, Cocking and Lavant come in for
2004/10Magazine / Autumn 2004Heather's honey / Roger Champion has been selling Heather, his late wife's honey and hopes by 13 Decmber 2004 to raise the sum of
2003/4Magazine / Spring 2003News in Brief / Many volunteers have been trained in Fire Safety, Health & Safety, First Aid and "Welcome Host". To become a volunteer call Bob Easson.
Museum hosts various groups in Crawley Hall and Gridshell eg Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association, West Sussex Social Services and Health Authorities, Soroptimist International, Institute of British Telecom Engineers, Museum of East Anglian Life, Ireland's Muckross House and Traditional Farms, Tool & Trade History Society. Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, English Nature Shoreline Management and Barclays Bank. The Museum is popular for weddings. We have a new blacksmith: Kat Hutchison. Phil Mead and Ray Matthews organise demonstrations in Court Barn. The Chichester Players are performing "A Superior Residence" by Goldoni and are giving 50% of the proceeds to the Museum. Wanted helpers in the stables to supplement Marie Merritt and Brenda Freeling.
2003/4Magazine / Spring 2003Your Kitchen Needs You / Winkhurst is now a Tudor kitchen. Smoke was a trouble, when Lynne Rich, Vanessa Chandler and Dawn Stevens started, but that was overcome thanks to Roger Champion. Volunteers wanted to help. Bob Holman's herbs helpful. New bread oven.
2003/4Magazine / Spring 200317 January 2003 / Julian Bell reports that moving artefacts into Gridshell is complete. Removal started in May 2002. It was under the direction of Mike Wall with help from John Hurd's landrover. A picture of Julian Bell and Guy Viney moving the last objects.
2003/4Magazine / Spring 2003Forgotten Buildings: Detached kitchens in S.E England / A long article by David Martin on detached kitchens. Research by the UCL Field Archaeology Unit shows that detached kitchens were, after houses and barns, the most common type of building during C15 & 16. Few survive, mostly from 1450-1550. Surprisingly large and complex, often with 2 storeys. Sometimes included bakehouses and dairies. Detailed survey of Robertsbridge Manor made in 1567 shows 43 out of 123 houses had detached kitchens. 15 surviving kitchens identified in Eastern Sussex, typically 8m to 11.5m long and 5.25 m to 6.3m wide. All except one have at least one upper chamber. Examples at Littlebrook, Wartling, Mountfield. Some were incorporated into main body of the house in late C16, eg at Gate House Farm in Ewhurst.
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