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2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Roger Champion retires / Roger Champion, the Museum's carpenter for 33 years, is retiring from daily work, but will continue to work on Tindall's Cottage and making replica furniture. His first work was with Grunolt Greiner on Winkhurst; since then he has repaired Catherington and many other buildings, and also made much replica furniture. He married Heather Jackson in 1977. Report by Diana Zeuner
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Mike Wall / Richard Harris writes that Mike Wall has been involved in the last 3 years in preparing for the move of the collection
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 20022002 -The year in pictures / Gridshell & its storage space; Bayleaf's & Poplar's gardens; barn owl in Court Barn; Derek Hinton, Peter Betsworth, Alan Wood and Patricia Wilkinson with working horses; Chris Baldwin with oxen; annual conference of Carpenters' Federation; the Museum's collection in Gridshell; candle making; Toll house in snow; memorial tablet to Chris Zeuner.
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Children benefit from Barclays Education Project. / Barclays Special Educational Project is a great success. Special events were "Preparation for a Tudor Christmas Day". "Victorian rural life", "Practical technology" and "Shakespeare for SATS". We're increasing breadth and depth of work with schools.
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Timber-frame specialist specialist moves into Gridshell workshop. / Joe Thompson has moved into Gridshell, where the Museum will be his principal client. He has worked on timber structures since 1980s He will teach courses at the Museum. His trade name is Sussex Oak and Iron.
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Holding our own / Gail Kittle reports that this year has been a struggle
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Diary 2002-03 / The main events will be Tree Dressing, Tastes of a Tudor Christmas, Half-term Activities, Mothering Sunday, Fine Food Fair, Half-Term Activities, Heavy Horses
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Winter at the Museum / Tree Dressing on 1st December, Carol Service 16th December
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002New Home for Pigs at Pendean / Pigsty with a latrine built behind Pendean. The pigs, Amelia and 10 piglets, are cared for by Paul Pinnington and Chris Baldwin.
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002News in brief / Appeal for volunteers. Dawn Stevens needs help in the Tudor Kitchen, Bob Holman needs help in the gardens and Diane Walker needs help in the tree dressing, Museum can sell Swedish Gransfors Bruks axes.
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Friends' News and Obituaries / Spring tour on 24-28 April 2003 will be to Bruges, with Jean Piggott in charge. Keith & Beryl Bickmore were elected as Honorary Members. Encourage Gift Membership. Jean Piggott is Secretary, Maurice Pollock is Treasurer, Membership Secretary is Lisa Neville. Summer draw raised
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002New Retail Manager appointed / Paul Maxted is new retail manager
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Winter Wednesdays / Winter Wednesdays now on offer to selected companies or professional practices. Education continues to work on Wednesdays.
2002/10Magazine / Autumn 2002Horses' Role / Heavy horses managed by Diana Zeuner with Derek Hilton as horseman. Pete Betsworth, the stockman, plays vital part. Aim is to show horses at work to the visitors
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Pendean Farmhouse benefits from Designation funding / A 2 page article by Richard Harris on the changes to Pendean. Chimney redesigned; ladder replaced by newel post stair; partitions upstairs closed; smoking chamber created; fireplaces ruddled; oven under review; full furnishing with help from Victor Chinnery. Elizabeth Doff is researching documentary history. Dendro date is 1609. Richard Clare, a yeoman, almost certainly built the house Bob Holman builds 17th C garden.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Waggons in focus for historic farm vehicles seminar / A seminar was held in November in Crawley Hall organised by David Viner and attended by museum curators. Robert Hurford, a wheelwright, offered guidance on briefing specialists. George Monger reviewed conservation options. The Sussex waggon from the Worthing Museum was used as a case study. and a strawberry cart from Cowfold made by Holmes of Steyning
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Let the Museum benefit from your gift of shares / An appeal for funds through the ShareGIFT scheme.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001See the wood from the Trees. . . / The 3rd Out of the Wood Show on 19/20 May celebrates all things made from wood. Carpenters & timber framers including Joe Thompson. Henry & John Russell demonstrate hand-powered lathes. Damian Goodburn displays earliest timber-framing; Keith Randall wheelwright. Sponsor D. Cover & Sons.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001A place for all reasons! / Diana Rowsell lists the many uses of the Museum: outside-venue weddings; in 2000 European Urban Housing Project meeting: Worshipful Company of Plumbers AGM; Social Service Departments training days; West Sussex County Council millennium function. In 2001 UK Institute of Conservation meeting; Worshipful Company of Plumbers Master's day; Carpenters' Fellowship gathering; Lead Contractors Association, National Association of Plumbing Teachers meetings. These added 5500 to the 2000 visitor total.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Young handlers show mettle at Rare Breeds Show / Young handlers of animals actively encouraged. The organiser of the Rare Breeds is John Bushrod 01243 811363
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