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1977/4Members' Magazine No. 9 / Spring 1977Cover illustration / Titchfield Market hall as re-erected
1977/4Members' Magazine No. 9 / Spring 1977Director's Notes
(New Buildings) etc
Chris Zeuner / Chris Zeuner reports that a Waggon Shed from Butcher's Farm, near Wiston has been given by Mr Goring. MIke Coviello and helpers have dismantled and stored it. Also a building constructed to cover a saw pit at Sheffield Park has been dismantled.
1977/4Members' Magazine No.9 / Spring 1977Director's Notes
(New Office) etc / Chris Zeuner reports that a temporary building has been erected close to the Goodwood Granary to house the Director's and general offices. The Goodwood Granary will be Heather Jackson's (later Heather Champion) office and classroom.
The outside of Winkhurst, including the timbers, has been coated with lime wash.
Many trees have been lost through gales and Dutch elm disease. Planting is going on.
1977/4Members' Magazine No. 9 / Spring 1977Director's Notes
(1976 season) / Chris Zeuner reports that 1976 season benefited from the dry summer. 178,000 visitors. 400 visitors in the Xmas Bank Holidays, wardened by Mr Bryden. Mr Hubling acts as warden on 2 days in a week, when Mr Bryant is off duty, Mrs Bryant and Mrs Chandler manage the shop.
1977/4Members' Magazine No.9 / Spring 1977Director's Notes
(Last Autumn & Summer School 1977) / Chris Zeuner reports on his attendance at a conference in Stockholm concerning open air museums. The Idlewilde Trust gave him a grant for the visit. In 1978 the Association will hold its conference in UK, including a visit to the Museum.
In August a summer school will be staged every Wednesday from 1330 to 1600 at the Museum. Children of all ages for 20p each. Adult help needed. Contact Heather Jackson (later Heather Champion) (Information Officer).
1977/4Members' Magazine No.9 / Spring 1977Museum Accounts / Income
1977/4Members' Magazine No. 9 / Spring 1977Director's Notes
(Job Creation Scheme) etc / 3 assistants, whose wages are paid by the Manpower Services, have joined the staff for 32 weeks, and are working on Crawley Hall and the Mill.
The Monument Trust has given
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977Crawley Hall / Mr Warren reported that he and Mr Zeuner were not entirely satisfied with the carrying out of detailed work on the site, and added that a clerk of works post would be helpful. The only visual change suggested in the conversion work of the Crawley Hall was on the east gable where Mr Warren was suggesting tile hanging to soften the impact of the wall facing the entrance.
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977Timber display / Maj. Gen. Hawes reminded members of the timber once on display at the Museum showing the wood in rough and polished condition and asked if this might again be out on show since it attracted the attention of many visitors.
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977Croydon building / Mr West was hoping to get permission to enter the building and record it, now that building consent for demolition had been granted.
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977Proposals for Future Building Programme / Mr Zeuner explained that the financial situation of the Museum was less healthy than at this time last year. Activities in celebration of Silver Jubilee Year and bad weather had contributed to poor attendance. The general financial situation also meant that fund raising was more difficult, with firms and trusts who do agree to help distributing smaller amounts. Mr Zeuner felt the Museum should not embark on several major projects at once, as soon as Crawley, the Mill and Lavant were completed. A priority for the near future was the Museum's agreement to provide a building suitable for an exhibition of traditional leadwork. The Worshipful Company of Plumbers were eager to establish such an exhibition at the Museum and had first made the suggestion two years ago. Mr Zeuner suggested Court Barn would be suitable for this purpose, combined with an exhibition on timber conversion. The Worshipful Company would finance the exhibition and had support from the industry i \\
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977Lavant House / Mr Warren reported: building regulation approval would soon be sought. Estimate for heating both Lavant and Crawley had been received but the amount was higher than Mr Warren had hoped -
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977Boarhunt / Mr Warren reported: A suitable cruck was still awaited and a search was being made on several estates. Alderman Farmer had suggested the Museum should look on his land and Mrs Hallam suggested approaching the owners of the 'Mens' and 'Cut' woodlands. Mr Zeuner reported that earthworks in preparation for Boarhunt would begin in the next week.
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977North Cray House / Mr Warren said a number of members would visit the store where the timbers of the jettied hall house were stacked to check its condition. It had been offered to the Museum and, if it was in an acceptable state, it was felt the Museum would accept it. Mr Warren explained the building had been dismantled to make way for a road widening scheme in Bromley. Possible damage may have resulted from flooding in the store two years ago, although the timbers had been re-stacked. The building was to have been re-erected by the local authority, but after a change of heart, it was offered to the Museum. The building had been comprehensively recorded and had been in good condition when dismantled. A corner building, it had been an arch braced frame rather than a down braced frame and a long triple tenon joint in one of the wall plates which was quite unusual. It was felt the section which had been replaced with brick could be re-erected in timber framing since there was sufficient evidence to posit \\
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977The Platt / Mr West reported he was awaiting confirmation in writing from Mr Atkins, Mr Elliot's son-in-law, that the Museum could remove the building providing permission was granted for two houses on the land.
1977/7SBC Minutes / 3 July 1977Court Barn / The Committee heard the background to the dismantling of Court Barn at Lee-on-Solent and regretted that there had been no possibility of saving it on its own site. They also regretted the circumstances which led to the dismantling. The barn, which is in good condition, is in store.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Lavant Building / Mr Harris reported good progress on the construction of the building. He produced drawings of a simplified 17thC-style staircase for the shop. The Committee AGREED it should be built of softwood if the price for that material was very much cheaper than oak. Mr Harris put forward proposals for the upstairs room. Rather than divide it into two he suggested a long low range of counter height cupboards for storage on both sides of the room, leaving space available for other uses upstairs such as a volunteers room, schoolchildren's project work and space for buffet meals to be laid out. Mr Harris had not included a lift in his designs at this stage and Mr Zeuner said there was a possibility of incorporating it in the floor of Lavant at this stage, inserting the mechanism later. Mr Harris explained he hoped to turn round the bank counterfront obtained for the shop by the Museum, so that the clean oak back was visible to shop visitors. Heating engineers were working out a scheme for channelli \\
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Langrish Dovecote / Mr Zeuner reported Hampshire County Planning Authority had decided not to support in situ restoration. The District Council would not allow its demolition, neither would they support its restoration or removal. They had decided it should not go to the Open Air Museum and would prefer to see it decay into a 19thC ruin. Mrs Hallam had said she proposed to talk to the Petersfield Society to discover their views on the building, which was not listed.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Lurgashall Mill / Peter Stenning was working on the repair of the Mill machinery. Mr Friar was building the brick wall in such a way as to completely restore the husting, which was not contemporary with the brick wall. Some landscaping around the Mill had been completed.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Crawley Hall / Outstanding details relating to Crawley Hall could not be considered because of the absence of Mr Warren through illness. Mr Zeuner explained work had started on the roof and a firm was due to begin laying the Horsham stone at the end of the month at a cost of about
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