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2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Richard Harris recalls a 25-year working partnership. / In 1975 Richard Harris was asked by Roy Armstrong and Chris Zeuner to study Boarhunt. Then he was appointed as Assistant to the Research Director, Roy Armstrong, on a 1 day a week basis. 2 years later he was appointed Research Director. His first construction projects were Lavant and Boarhunt. In April 1980 Walderton was dismantled and filmed by BBC Chronicle. The next milestone was the "Bayleaf Project". In 1990 Longport was dismantled with help from the Canterbury Archaelogical Trust. In September 1995 Sir Alastair Morton opened it. Chris Zeuner gave education high priority leading to a Joint Centre with Bournemouth University after an approach by Professor Bryan Brown. Chris's last great project was the Gridshell. The Museum has suffered a great loss.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The Gridshell takes shape / Gridshell in January surrounded by scaffolding: 150 ft long. 85 ft wide, 40 ft high. ; by April due to be in final shape. Original method by Engineers Buro Happold and architect Edward Cullinan involves lowering scaffold (supplied by PERI) to allow gridshell to take shape, being photoed twice a day for time-lapse video. Cladding Western Red Cedar, below polycarbonate glazing and a ribbon roof. Chiverton main contractors, Boxall Sayers quantity surveyors, Green Oak Carpentry Company. Ground floor housing artefacts, including Cotton Collection of chairs. Upper floor workshop. Basement fitted with roller racking for housing the artefacts. Modelof Gridshell goes on exhibition country-wide
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Buildings on the Move / Richard Harris reports on the next projects. Winkhurst will be moved near Bayleaf, given planning permission, with attached buildings added and converted into a Tudor kitchen. Tindalls Cottage - Timber-framed with brick and stone chimney. Perhaps 1721. Development from Poplars. Roger Champion will repair and re-erect it Hedge bordering track at Bayleaf removed.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The agricultural implements & machinery collection. / Mike Wall writes a single page on farm machinery. Barn machinery, cidermaking, fertiliser distributors & seed drills, harrows, harvesting & haymaking, ploughs & rollers. Local manufacturers are Finchdean Ironworks, Carter Bros of Billingshurst, Filmer & Mason of Guildford, Garret of Sutton-at-Hone, Halsted of Chichester, Penfold of Arundel, Taskers of Andover & Weymans of Guildford. International concerns are Albion, Bamford, Howard, Lister-Blackstone, Massey-Harris and Ransomes. Likely display place near Redvins in first building from "Timber-framing from scratch" course in Gridshell. Hampshire Smallholder, Arthur Cox, has given generous donation.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Cuttings from the gardens / Bob Holman's account of the state of the gardens. Poplar Cottage needs 2 more years' manure. Work started on Pendean. Bayleaf & Walderton due to get interpretation boards. Wattle fencing course held. We use our own seeds, but some come from Thomas Erry of Maidstone, Chase Organics and Suffolk Herbs, Don & Helen Baldwin of Black Dog Nursery, North Mundham.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Christopher Zeuner / Neil Cousins writes a 3 page obituary of Chris Zeuner, who was Director from 1974 to his death in 2001. Responsible for its growth. A founder member of Association of Independent Museums, President of Association of Open Air Museums and trustee of Vivat Trust. In 1990 he was appointed OBE. He and his wife were publishers of "Heavy Horse World". Funeral service in Chichester Cathedral.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The lifelong learning programme continues to grow! / Students are world wide. Dendrochronology by Ian Tyers; Lime & wattle & daub by George Terry; Roofing: Joinery with Brooking Collection by Ged Gardner; Painting & decorating by Joy & Wilm Huning; Brickwork by Gerard Lynch; Leaded-lights by Tricia Christian; Domestic life by Peter Brears; Herbs by Christina Stapley; Textiles by Caroline Vincent; Small animals & Bees by David Bland & Heather Champion; Craft Worklshops; Heavy Horses; Interpreting folklore by George Monger & Jennifer Westwood; Dug-out boat by Damian Goodburn.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Museum Mill plays its part in Cornmillers Guild / Peter and Heather Vincent have represented the Lurgashall Mill at meetings of The Traditional Cornmillers Guild.
The Guild produced a Calendar for 2000 and two recipe books which are on sale in the shop and the mill.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Monumental task reaps rich reward / John Herniman took over preparing horseshoes for sale in the shop from Bernard Rush in 1993, and he has cleaned and polished 23,216 horseshoes producing some
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001News in Brief / Revival harvest scene incorporates Goodwood race circuit.
Copper family will sing on 27th October.
Midsummer Night's Dream by the lake on 19th June.
Gordon Rushmer runs a 5 day school on painting from 21st May.
More volunteers wanted for cataloguing.
The Friends have funded an extension to Longport. Another extension to Crawley Hall is planned for this year to house archives
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Friends' News / Day trips to Staplehill, Oxford, Somerset House, Salisbury, Kensington & Chelsea. Spring tour to Edinburgh & Glasgow. AGM in West Dean House 21 April. Spring lunch in the Refectory, Easebourne Priory; Michaelmas supper in Sole Street; A Midsummer Night's Dream by Illyria. Apply Carol Brinson
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The Painting of historic brick / A 3 page article by Timothy Easton. Irregular brickwork was covered with red ochre & size (rodel or ruddle), the pointing scored then painted white, cf fresco. 15 & 16 C scoring with blunt trowels, 17 C more precise. Technique called pencilling. Hampton Court has black pencilling.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Painting & plastering brickwork at the Museum / A 2 page article by Richard Harris on painting brickwork on the Museum's builings. Chimney in Longport had indications of pencilling, now preserved but not used in rebuild. Lavant may have had moulding plastered, evidence being sought. Titchfield was probably ruddled, but all evidence lost in 1810 rebuild. Pendean will have fireplaces ruddled & pencilled.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Inspiring the young / Diane Walker reports that 2000 children participated in Winter Workshop with much help from volunteers. Next winter a Medieval winter workshop. Grant-aided by Close Foundation, trollies have been completed to house building materials activities. Farming tours to Home Farm at Goodwood planned. Also 17 C focusing on Civil War side by side with Goodwood.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Museum's building images join photographic database project / Heritage Lottery Fund are developing West Sussex Photo Heritage Database Martin Hayes, Worthing Library. 01903 212414
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001The wheels turn for Museum's vehicle collection / David Viner reports on the museum's collection of waggons. 48 objects assessed: 25 top-notch, 16 suitable for museum use, 7 effectively redundant. Conservation programme to be undertaken by George Monger. Keith Randall has built a medieval cart for Bayleaf. 9 vehicles on loan from Parham estate.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Supporters / Major donations include: B. P. Energy Holdings; Carpenters Company Charitable Trust; Chichester District Council; Chichester & District Law Society; Clare Foundation; Clarendon Trust; John Coates Charitable Trust; John Ellerman Fiundation; Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust; Estates of D. R. Baum, Miss M. Samwas, A. R. Killick, R. F. Cope, H. Richardson, J. M. Turner; Friends; J. Paul Getty Jr Trust; Heritage Lottery Fund; Ian Askew Trust; Idlewild Trust; Jackson-Stops & Staff; Ernest 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; Mrs M. Rank Charitable Trust; Radcliffe Trust; Resource Council for Museums, Libraries and Archives (Designation Challenge Fund); Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association; South Eastern Museum Services; Sussex Enterprises; Tanner Trust; Union Railway (South) Ltd. ; Wates Foundation; West Sussex County Co \\
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Events diary 2001 / Principal Events include: Mothering Sunday; Fine Food fair; Out of the wood Show; Two Half-term activities; Heavy Horses; Two Early Music Afternoons; Midsummer Night's Dream; Rare Breeds; Medieval Cookery Days; Children's Activities; Rural History Re-enactment; A Storm of Arrows; Autumn Countryside Celebrations. Tree Dressing
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Enhancing our visitors' experience / Thanks to regular demonstrators and volunteers who add rural skills. Blacksmiths, woodcraftsmen, lead workers, millers, brick makers, stable volunteers, spinners, and cooks.
2001/4Magazine / Spring 2001Courses / 21 courses between March and September inclusive. Leaders James Strike, Nigel Johnston, Joe Thompson, Richard Harris, Roger Champion, Ged Gardner, Wilm & Joy Huning, David Woodbridge, Ian Constantinides, George Terry, Andrew Breese and Charles Brooking. Contact Diana Rowsell 01243 811464
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