Museum History
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1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Court Barn / Mr Russell reported a meeting on site with the present and retiring masters of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers to discuss the project. The Company expressed its desire for more space in the barn to establish their exhibition. Mr Zeuner felt the Company should be encouraged to present their theme and text and questions of space should arise later. It was important to encourage a first-class exhibition. The Company had expressed high hopes of gaining support for their exhibition and expected to be able to cover a wide range of aspects relating to lead working. Mr Russell had prepared drawings to submit with a planning application and building regulations drawings would be ready in the following week. Because of the soft ground in the area of the chosen site trial holes would be dug to discover whether a reinforced raft was necessary. He said Mr Harris' drawings of Court Barn and been "most explicit".
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - final paragraphs / Regarding compartment 3, Mr Harris felt it was important to plant some trees behind sites reserved south of the market square for buildings, since the curtilages of these buildings would be in full view. It was suggested these curtilages should include walnut, thorn apple, etc. to soften the visual image of the backs of the buildings. AGREED Mr Warren and Mr Zeuner would present a draft master plan at the next meeting to be discussed by the Committee, and that the plan would be drawn up after consultation with various individuals.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 8 / AGREED 8a45 should be a specimen tree, probably a beech to frame the view of Winkhurst. Mr Zeuner explained Mr Warren felt the hillside should be left open without specimen trees. Mr Zeuner explained 8a44 was seen as an eventual replacement for some of the mature trees in a row up the hill. Mr Armstrong said the open space was alien to the environments of the wealden buildings in that area and felt it was exciting for visitors to have views broken and come upon a new area. Mr McDowall and Mr Russell felt strongly Winkhurst needed a curtilage as an isolated pimple. Fruit trees and a hedge were suggested. AGREED specimen tree 8a45 should be planted nearer Winkhurst to form the edge to a curtilage.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 7 / Mr Zeuner explained mature beech in this area and above the Museum would be felled probably next Autumn. But regeneration was good and area of oak and ash above would be retained. The Estate was being extremely helpful in offering to retain as many specimen trees as possible during the felling. Mr Russell said it was important to keep buildings and trees apart especially where thatch existed. (continued in next record)
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 6 / Mr Zeuner said it was the intention to retain the ash fringe as long as possible. Coppice management would continue but there was a worrying deer problem in that area. It was important to maintain hornbeam standards, and necessary to plant new ones. Mr Heymann said the Estate would not press for a dividing fence surrounding the Museum's site in the woodland, unless there was serious encroachment on West Dean land by visitors.
The clearance of 6a48 allowed space for a cottage and ancillary buildings to Pendean, Mr Zeuner explained.
He expressed reservations about opening up the area immediately behind the charcoal camp. An asarted field with a farmhouse was planned for further up the valley. Mr Armstrong expressed concern that the Museum would have too few sites unless more woodland was opened up. Mr McDowall said it would be useful for the Committee to receive sketch plans of possible uses for the valley. Another potential building area was 6d51, \\
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartments 4 & 5 / 4: The main clump should be planted bearing in the possibility of a good building site to the west, it was AGREED. 5: Mr Warren had expressed his feelings that 5a43 was unnecessary since the Estate were hoping to plant trees in the corner of their field. Mr Armstrong suggested one or two bushes could hide the artificial division. Mr Heymann said a single specimen or two was advantageous in this area, as shown on the landscape plan. Mr Zeuner said Bayleaf clump could be extended to overflow the road and join the estate's planting. (continued in next records)
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 3 / Mr Zeuner expressed reservations about planting in the open space in front of the lake and it was AGREED clump 3a33 should be planted to the north-west of its planned position. AGREED an occasional tree should be planted within the village but this would be difficult until the village was more complete. It was suggested some trees might be planted once North Cray was re-erected. Mr Heymann pointed out that some enhancement of the landscape could be had by single or small clumps of trees stopping the eye and then allowing it to see past it into the distance. Col. Jefferis thought trees allowed visitors surprises, but it was important to maintain overall views. (continued in next records)
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 2 / It was explained West Dean Estate may plant a thicker road-side area in the field adjoining the Museum, providing a row of trees varying in height. Mr Zeuner said the aim was to plant an understorey of holly and yew thickening the screen which was important from a safety point of view. Mr Heymann drew attention to the importance of seeing the Museum landscaping plan and the estate plan together, rather than in isolation. Mr Zeuner explained some planting around the lake area had been done so as not to miss the autumn planting season. AGREED to leave out the field maple near the windpump. (continued in next records)
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum / Mr Zeuner said he would like the Committee to consider the report on the condition of the woodland, discuss suggestions for replanting and then consider in depth the revision of the Master Plan. Compartment 1: Gen. Hawes said the trees which needed felling in the car park area would not be greatly missed since shrubs and low undergrowth were what was needed to provide adequate screen. Mr Russell pointed out large trees would not survive since the laying of the car parks had interfered with their root system and the water table. Mr Zeuner said the aim was to screen the car parks from the Museum and thicken the belt of new planting west of the main road down from the car parks. Mr McDowall explained there was a suggestion to move the main site road partly to avoid the problems of non-paying visitors. The road would run from below Hambrook Barn through the village, the present road returning to grass. The road would be less conspicuous and quite adequate for servicing. \\
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Netherhale / It was reported that Thanet District Council had taken the matter to the High Court and their case was upheld on two points of fact. Mr Zeuner said this did not alter the fate of the building. The owners, Corpus Christi, had indicated they would probably call for another inquiry. The building would undoubtedly deteriorate in the meantime.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978The Platt / Mr West had written to explain that the situation regarding The Platt remained unchanged. The Committee AGREED the removal of would not jeopardize the planning situation, and resolved to contact the Surrey Vernacular Architecture Group drawing attention to the building's fate.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Croydon building / Mr West had written to say a local group had been formed to restore the buildings. The Committee AGREED the Museum's interest in it could therefore cease.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Granary & Wagon Shed - Tonbridge / Mr Champion reported he had visited a 22ft square granary above a waggon shed at Tonbridge on the Somerhill Estate. It consisted of two stories and a loft and had been unused for 18 years. The owner of the estate had recently died and its future was uncertain. He was unsure of its age but it appeared to have been bricked up where carts entered. Mr Champion said it was in good condition. The Committee AGREED it was a building the Museum should be concerned with and the possibility of dismantling it should be considered. It was pointed out that the Museum was freer to engage in dismantlings since Netherhale Farm was now unlikely to be dismantled in 1978.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Carols & AGM & Excursion 1979 / The Carol Service will take place in Bayleaf on 21st Dec, The 9th AGM will be held in County Hall on 20th Oct.
The next excursion will be to Arnhem in late spring.
A picture of the proposed layout of the square drawn by John Warren
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978A Look Ahead / Roy Armstrong looks on 1978 as a turning point, because the completion of Lavant House and Crawley will let them be used towards essential needs. Titchfield Market Hall will provide a a focal point when the North Cray House is re-erected. Crawley Hall's completion gives more opportunity for research and education. [Further devlopment of this article is unwise. The article should be read in its full form]
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Building Progress / Chris Zeuner reports that, thanks to Roger Champion and Geoff Kent, Crawley Hall and Lavant House are complete and in use, Geoff Kent retires and will work on a part time basis in future. The mill has progressed thanks to John Friar and Peter Stenning.
Court Barn , sponsored by the worshipful Company of Plumbers, is next in line. After that Horsham Shop and North Cray. Buildings dismantled include pig sties, wood sheds and earth closets from West Dean and a carpenter's shop from Windlesham. The latter will be re-erected in the winter, helped by a donation from the Worshipful Company of Carpenters. A barn and cattle shed from Berrylands Farm (formerly called Fountains Farm), given by Mr. Howe of Sheffield Park, have been dismantled and stored. John Friar and some volunteers dismantled the building.
Mike Coviello, John Warr, Philip Burchett and Roy Plummer have built Charcoal Hut Mark 4.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Arts Council Exhibition / Diana Zeuner reports that Richard Harris has prepared an Arts Council Exhibition "Traditional Farm Buildings", which is on tour. It came to the Museum in July. She summarises his work for the Museum and the Avoncroft Museum. He formed the Hereford and Worcester Architecture Record Group, and wrote "Discovering Timber-framed buildings" for Shire Publications.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978A scheme for Conservation Workshops and Materials Bank. / The Museum has been offered a farm complex in Charlton. A possible plan is to move the workshop there and to set up a materials bank in the barn. It's early stages yet.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Annual Accounts / Entrance fees and shop surplus for the year ending 31st March 1978
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Hon. Auditor / There has been some dissatisfaction about the use of the funds of the Friends, which will be allayed by the appointment of Mrs Elsie Kessler as Treasurer and Brian Magness as Auditor
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