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1977/10Members' Magazine No.10 / Autumn 1977Museum Review / Chris Zeuner reports on progress. It is expected that construction work on Crawley Hall will be ready for 1978 seaon. Its modern ends won't be seen from any great distance.
The reconstruction of Lavant House is under way. Modern materials are used on the inner skin. The inner space will be the Museum shop.
The roof of Lurgashall Mill is complete, Peter Stenning is about to start on the interior installations.
Boarhunt has been delayed by finding suitable timbers, The frame is soon to be re-erected.
1977/10SBC Minutes / 2 October 1977Crawley Hall - roof / Mr Warren proposed that the lining of the new part be in softwood joists as previously agreed, with plasterboard internal finish. The original rafters to be boarded above, running horizontally, with a flameproof varnish finish. After discussion, AGREED to stain the boarding a 'silvery grey' colour to blend in with the rafters. Contractors had been contacted for work on the Horsham stone roof for sometime in November. Mr Champion expressed some doubt as to the building programme being far enough advanced at that stage to enable this particular job to be put into effect.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Crawley and Lavant Buildings / Mr Warren (Hon. Architect) reported: Foundations: Work on these was completed. The foundations were particularly strong because of the three separate components in the building. Conventional foundations for the Lavant building were ready to take brick and blockwork. Heating: the two buildings would be heated from one boiler or two in the Lavant building with a heavily insulated pipe taking the heat into the Crawley Hall. Interior treatment of Crawley Hall: the principle of a glass screen dividing the new end from the original building at the east end was AGREED. Vertical and horizontal cross-timbers would divide the glass the ensure visitors realised glass was present. This treatment would be repeated in the design of the staircase. Mr Warren proposed a dark brick for the inner face of the wall in the exhibition area, with spotlights lighting exhibition material. The light coloured stairway timbers would lead people up to the next floor which would also appear as a ligh \\
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Langrish Dovecote / Mr Hallam reported that the District Council was hoping to preserve the building on its site.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977House in Croydon / Mr West told the committee of a continuous jetty house in Croydon, which was likely to be demolished. He would bring more details to the next meeting.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977The Platt, Cheapside, Horsell, near Woking / Mr West explained that he had applied and got planning permission for two semi-detached bungalows on the site of The Platt, on behalf of the owner. He and Mr Zeuner would meet Mr Elliott to discuss the next stage, it was AGREED.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Barn at Lee-on-Solent / Mr Zeuner explained this aisled barn, with aisles on two sides and one end, was in imminent danger of being demolished, although there was a possibility it could be saved. The barn, probably early 18thC, was gabled with two centre tie beams and double braces, a porch and side purlin roof. It had probably originally been thatched, although it was now covered with corrugated iron. Its condition was as good as that of Hambrook Barn. The barn adjoined a forty-acre site which was to be developed for housing. The highways authority had suggested access could be through the site on which the barn stands. Mr Zeuner said it may be necessary to act fairly quickly to save it, if the time came.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Future building programme / Mr Zeuner (Museum Director) reported: On completion of the Crawley Hall frame, and providing the modern ends were erected by contractors, Mr Champion would probably begin work on the Mill roof and start on the wooden machinery. When Boarhunt was ready, attention would turn to some of the smaller buildings in store or awaiting dismantling. This would also have the effect of giving the Museum's funds a "rest" at the end of a series of major projects. The Lavant building would be re-erected by direct labour, funded separately by the Monument Trust.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Crawley Hall / Mr Zeuner explained that Roger Champion had been using the Renofors consolidating material on some timbers of the frame. There were, however, some doubts about its usefulness in the ways suggested. It was now generally thought the material should be used in important cases, where the Museum was keen to save a particular piece of timber. Mr Champion explained that using the bonding material was no quicker than traditional methods and very expensive. He was concerned that, when painted on, the material did not seem to soak into the timber as (word missing) as had been expected. It began to cure before it could get to this stage.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Lurgashall Mill / Mr Zeuner (Museum Director) reported: the work on the Mill was going extremely well, particularly with the addition of another experienced man. There was only 18" to go before the main stone walls were completed. The comparison between the stonework and the photographs of the mill in situ were very cheering. A number of lessons on dismantling and rebuilding stone buildings had been learned.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Ashurst Granary / Mr Warren (Hon. Architect) reported: A site for the granary and wagon shed running in line with Bayleaf farmhouse and on the opposite side of the site track was AGREED. A walled courtyard behind the building was suggested
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Smaller Buildings / Mr Warren presented a projected drawing of the Forge/Stable area by the lower lake, showing in position there the saw pit from Sheffield Park, the wagon shed from the Wiston estate and a barn. He said he felt it was important to group buildings together where possible. AGREED the exact position of the saw pit would have to take account of the area needed for manipulating timbers.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Lurgashall Mill / The Mill was going forward well, Mr Warren reported, and the masonry was well executed.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Boarhunt / Mrs Hallam proposed and it was AGREED in principle to add an extension to the planned re-erected structure to emphasise to visitors that the cottage was originally a little larger. Mrs Hallam explained that it was known the cottage went on beyond the structure taken by the Museum. If it was re-erected as suggested originally the eastern end would present a rather blunt face. It may also not be clear that the building did continue. Mrs Hallam said she had seen, but had not yet been inside, a cottage apparently similar to Boarhunt in a neighbouring parish. Perhaps the extension could be based on the dimensions of this building. It was suggested a skeleton outline in either wood or modern materials could be added. The details were to be decided upon at a later stage. Mr Heymann suggested the line or pitch of the thatch could be altered slightly to draw attention in the roof to where the original building ended and the conjectural extension began. Mr Warren agreed that an extension would comp \\
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Temporary office / Mr Warren (Hon. Architect) reported: the new temporary office was installed in position next to the Goodwood Granary and was in operation.
1977/3SBC Minutes / 6 March 1977Ticket kiosk / Mr Warren (Hon. Architect) reported: the new ticket kiosk had been finished and established on the same site as the old kiosk
1977/4Members' Magazine No.9 / Spring 1977Director's Notes
(Museum Library) etc / Chris Zeuner reports that a number of books have given. Members are asked to help in the library.
Funds are needed particularly in sponsorship.
An appeal for materials.
Newspaper collecting still brings in money (over
1977/4Members' Magazine No. 9 / Spring 1977Director's Notes
(Building projects) / Chris Zeuner reports that Neil Pricket's appointment for Maintenance has let the craftsmen concentrate on projects in hand. Roger Champion is repairing the framework of Crawley Hall, John Friar is building the mill; the mill wheel is being restored by Mr Boxall of Binderton.
Anthony Simmons is working on Boarhunt.
1977/4Members' Magazine No. 9 / Spring 1977Tenth birthday / 10 years ago Edward James agreed to lease some land.
1977/4Members' Magazine No. 9 / Spring 1977The beginning / A 3-page article by Roy Armstrong. He was upset by the refusal of the builders of Crawley new town to respect the older buildings, and in 1965 formed a committee to promote an open air museum for the Weald. R. T. Mason was involved. Sites near Brighton were supported by Lord Cohen, but later the Edward James Foundation was approached. Mr Jermy, the agent at West Dean, was sympathetic, and Edward James cabled agreement from America
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