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2003/10Magazine / Autumn 2003Get busy at the Museum this winter. / Special Tudor dinner evenings can be reserved on Saturdays.
The Tree Dressing will take place on 7 December.
Carol singing in North Cray on 13 December
Tudor Christnmas dinner in Bayleaf and Winkhurst 26 December to 1 January.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Safeguarding the Museum's future / An article by Hugo Clifton Brown. A new registered charity was set up for underpinning long term financial position: Endowment Fund. It started with a substantial sum from the Minet legacy, and will be the fund for other legacies. The current total is over
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Supporting our volunteers / Two forums for volunteers will be held every year in Gridshell. Newsletter. A liaison committee will be formed. A series of events and meetings will be held each year.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002The Cotton Chair Collection / Dr Bernard (Bill) Cotton has an important collection of English chairs. He was going to give them to the Museum, but has found a more appropriate home at the Geffrye Museum in London.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Light at the end of the barn. . . / At end of March the goods in Charlton will be moved to the Gridshell. Mike Wall started in November helped by Ray Ashdown, Jim Burnham, Mike Piggott, Guy Viney, Dorothy Warren, Judith Williams, Jon Roberts, Alison Bunning, George Monger, Lara Band, John Hurd, Cathy Worvell, John Murray, Gillian Higgingbottom, Jeremy van der Pette, David Viner, and a local NADFAS team led by Jane Roff, Philippa Edom. Samantha King has prepared a donor database. Surveys of special collection will continue after the move.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Cleaning up / Jan Ward polishes a stool in Whittakers Cottages
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Volunteers needed for picture archives. / West Sussex County Council is starting a project "Picture the past West Sussex" in Jan 2003. Museum wants to send 1500 pictures. Team needed to sort the Museum's large collection of Roy Armstrong's photos.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Joan Harding donates her house models / Joan Harding, recently a Trustee, has pottery models of the houses she has surveyed, which she has no room for, and she has given them to the Museum. They will be housed in Crawley Hall. At a lunch for her Peter Smith gave the Museum a copy of his book "Houses of the Welsh Countryside"
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Keith Bickmore retires / Keith Bickmore retired, but not for the first time. He and Beryl Bickmore will continue their interest. He started work here in 1983, first as senior warden, later as shop manager. The new shop manager will be Paul Maxted
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Winkhurst Memories / Tony Palmer worked at Winkhurst Farm for 13 years from 1948. He lived in Oak Lodge Farm. Farm was run by the Barrow family; it was mainly dairy with beef and poultry. They had horse and cart milk floats. There was an oast house, but not used in his time. There was a great flood in the 1950s clearly remembered by Tony Palmer.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Gridshell - the final steps / A 2 page article by Richard Harris describing the Gridshell. Completion due in March. Main area is large enough to lay out a complete building. The upper floor includes two enclosed spaces: carpenter's workshop and classroom. Working access is through East end, but normal visitors will enter through West end. The lower floor will house the artefacts to be moved by Mike Wall from Charlton. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Re-interpreting Winkhuirst / Winkhurst was dismantled before 1968, and was recorded and analysed by R. T. Mason and R. W. Wood. Then interpreted as "largely complete example of small hall-house". In October 1986 it had a major programme of repairs and further evidence led to complete re-interpretation as an early C16 kitchen. It will be moved to near Bayleaf, fitted as a kitchen. Small modern extensions wil be added on the sides where it had previously been attached. Funding from Designation Challenge Fund and Virginia Lyon's legacy.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Impressive Visitor Numbers in 2001 / Total of nearly 140,000 visitors despite Chris Zeuner's death and closure for five weeks because of Foot & Mouth.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Outstanding Client Award / Sussex branch of R. I. B. A. gives special award for commissioning Gridshell.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002The Museum's next project. . . Tindalls Cottage / Next project is Tindalls Cottage. Dismantled by Robertsbridge & District Archaeological Society in 1974 before construction of Bewl Bridge Reservoir. Recorded by David Mason. Late C17 or 18 with a brick chimney at one end.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Two major events for 2002 / Two major events are the Rare Breeds show on 21st July and "A Storm of Arrows" on 21/22 September
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Down in the woods / Paul Pinnington & Chris Baldwin provide hazel hurdles, besoms, thatching spars, charcoal and garden furniture.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002'Outstanding Client' Award / The Sussex Branch of the RIBA gave the Museum a special award in recognition of its role in commissioning the Downland Gridshell. The prize money will be given to Rachel Johnson to produce a metal panel for blind people.
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Friends' News / Visits to Hatfield House, Beaulieu River, Sackville House & Penshurst Place, Apsley House, Kelmscott & Buscot Park. Contribution last year to the Museum was
2002/4Magazine / Spring 2002Supporters / Major donations include: Barclays plc; BP Energy Holdings; Carpenters Company Charitable Trust; Chichester District Council; Chichester & District Law Society; Clare Foundation; Clarendon Trust; John Coates Charitable Trust; Friends; J. Paul Getty Jr Trust; Heritage Lottery Fund; Ian Askew Trust; Jackson-Stops & Staff (Southern) Ltd; Ernesst Kleinwort Charitable Trust; Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Ltd; Mercers' Company; Mitford Foulerton Trust; Peacock Charitable Trust; Pilgrim Trust; J. R. Rank; J. S. Trust; Plumbers Museum & Workshop Trust; Radcliffe Trust; Resource Council for Museums, Libraries and Archives (Designation Challenge Fund); Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association; South Eastern Museums Service; Sussex Enterprise; Tallow Chandlers Benevolent Fund; Tanner Trust; Union Railway (South) Ltd; Wates Foundation; West Sussex Countryside Studies Trust; Wolfson Foundation; Worshipful Company of Plumbers.
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