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2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Collections review first benefit of museums' alliance / New alliance between Weald & Downland and Amberley Museums will see first real benefit with review of both collections.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Bucking the Trend / Visitor numbers in 2000 were a little below 1999's, despite not running Steam Fair. Figures are good compared with similar attractions.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Preparing our collections for their new treasure house / Mike Wall describes the preparation for the move of the collection from Charlton to the Gridshell. His team included Mike Piggott, Jon Roberts, and Guy Viney with Alison Bunning about to join. Ray Ashdown continues to accession incoming objects. Support from Nick Conway and Ron Betsworth for specialist transport and John Ruffell for mechanical handling. David Viner surveyed the cart and waggon collection, funded by South East Museum Service. NADFAS is assessing the smock collection.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Woodworking tools, saws and traps. . . / Important recent additions include Philip Walker's collection of woodworking tools; tools and archive material from W. K. Foxberry of Thursley; ledgers from Pyecombe Forge and John Rankin's assortment of ghastly traps; a neat game larder from Corhampton.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Ace Post office with Museum attached / Museum decided to help Singleton by setting up a Post Office to replace the village Post Office, which was closing. A picture of the Post Office with Sue Farman and Penny Barc.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Courses programme 2000-2001 / 46 courses between November 2000 and May 2001 inclusive. Leaders Richard Harris, Roger Champion, Rob Dash, Verna Bailey, David Viner, George Monger, Robert Hurford, Timothy Easton, Clare Gapper, Brian Ridout, Bill O'Hagan, Christina Stapley, Bob Holman, David Woodbridge, Gerard Lynch, James Strike, David Bland. Nigel Johnson, Deborah Albon, Chris Smith, David Russell, Neil Burridge, Tricia Christian and Gordon Rushmer.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Volunteers needed to prepare for the move / Mike Wall is setting up a small conservation cleaning team, and wants new recruits for documentation. 01243 811927/811363.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Friends News / Spring tour in Yorkshire. Increase in subscriptions to Family
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Trustees and Staff / Nigel Stephens retired from the Trust & has been appointed a Vice President.
Martin Sharpe, Hon Treasurer retired, replaced by Maurice Pollock. New trustess are Maurice Pollock & Andrew Ferrier
Sue Shave retired as Education Officer, replaced by Diane Walker.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Diane Walker, the Museum's new Education Officer reflects on her first months. . . / Diane Walker reflects on her first months. It's a change for me to inherit a vibrant service. The help from volunteers important. Plans for key stage 1 (4-7 year olds) hands-on well under way. Other developments include creating programmes for Key stages 3 and 4. Rob Parkinson tells stories to children
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Vivid Colour in Reigate House. / Wilm and Joy Huning are recreating the wall paintings across one wall of Reigate House
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Diary 2000-01 / Main events include: Tree Dressing; Half-term Activities; Mothering Sunday; Fine Food Fair; Out of the Wood Show; Heavy Horses.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Building Conservation Centre and Store mushrooms on Museum's hillside. / Building Conservation Centre and Store is growing daily. Contractors are E. A. Chiverton Ltd Green Oak Carpentry Company have started work on the gridshell
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 20002000- The year in pictures / Visitors at Poplars; Haymaking with Rob Dash, Bob Claydon, Nick Conway and farmer Peter Lovejoy; early music by Christopher and Janet Troppo; Derek Hilton and Chris Zeuner with shire horses Gym and Don; History re-enactment at Pendean; Catherington treadwheel; John Lord knapping flints; John Bushrod presenting trophies at the Rare Breeds Show, Mrs Hannah and John Dunlop; Albert Peacock teaching thatching to children; Bayleaf in snow.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000National Chair Collection offered to Museum / Bill Clinton has built up a collection of Chairs and is offering it to the Museum
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Rare horse whim & waggon shed complete stable yard / Knatts Lane horse whim has been re-erected. Original winding drum is displayed in the shed. Pilgrim Trust & PRISM Fund supported. Roger Champion restored the timbers, Chris Tomkins thatched the roof, Duncan Berry laid flint walls. Mick and Ron Betsworth assisted in preparing the site. Waggon shed given by British Airways Authority.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000News in Brief / Paul Pinnington & Chris Baldwin have been making hurdles and woodland products. Their Website is www. zmultimedia. co. uk/woodland craftcentre
Programme included demonstrations of rural & traditional skills.
5 of Gordon Rushmer's pictures have been printed as cards.
Anyone having unwanted Victorian dusters darning mushrooms etc get in touch with Diane Walker 01243 811459.
22 marriages this year.
2000/10Magazine / Autumn 2000Bayleaf continues to develop / Richard Harris tells the history of the Bayleaf project which opened in May 1989. First steps were to 'furnish' it as medieval farmstead with associated exhibition on development of farming. Dr Sylvia Landsberg had written a report for garden. and Cowfold Barn had been erected in April 1988 Ruth Tittensor wrote report on 'shaws' and medieval bee-keeping. Stephen Hall wrote on livestock. Roy Brigden worked on farming equipment. Victor Chinnery wrote key report on furnishing. Ian Goodall wrote on Iron & Brass, Carole Morris on treen, Frances Pritchard on textiles. Roger Champion made all the replica oak furniture.
1999/4Magazine / Spring 1999How the new Centre will help the Museum / Eight reasons given for the new Conservation Centre (Gridshell) helping the Museum. [q. v]
1999/4Magazine / Spring 1999Food Historian Peter Brears to visit Museum for three-day medieval cooking event. / Peter Brears, the leading authority on the history of food will spend three days in July focusing on medieval cooking and eating methods.
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