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1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Cowfold Barn / Mr Warren reported that the Department of Environment intended not to offer any objection to the demolition of Cowfold Barn.
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Toll Cottage / The Museum Director asked the Committee for approval to a proposal to move the Toll Cottage to a new site just north of the site road and close to the entrance of the Museum site from the car parks. Mr Warren requested the Committee to consider the possibility of the Toll Cottage being moved to the Chalk Pits Museum as he felt it was not an entirely suitable exhibit at Singleton. Mrs Hallam disagreed with this proposal, as did the remaining members of the Committee. The Committee APPROVED the new site.
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Preservation of collections / Mrs Hallam questioned the accuracy of the previous minute (page 1 of meeting on 10 Feb.80). Mrs Hallam remembered that the Committee supported the policy that preservation of collections should be the main priority but it also wished to see selected material displayed in the best available conditions. AGREED.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Membership Cards Delay / Elsie Kessler reports that the delay in issuing membership cards is inevitable, and that next year's cards will add an extra month to the expiry date.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Friends' Campaign toraise
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Swings and Roundabouts / Geoffrey Godber reports on the season. The decision not to increase entrance fees was unfortunate owing to high inflation, but the BBC singled us out as the best bargain for a family outing in the South. Richard Harris has persuaded the BBC to make a programme in the Chronicle series on Walderton. Our aim must be to bring the exhibits to life.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Progress in the Museum's Buildings Programme
Toll Cottage on the Move / Chris Zeuner reports that the Toll Cottage will be moved again. After the move the original missing end will be reconstructed and the chimney rebuilt. The bulk of the work is being done by Philip Burchett, John Watt and the Ayling family. Other volunteers are invited to join.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Progress in the Museum's Buildings Programmes
Charlton Farm / Chris Zeuner reports that the development at Charlton is in operation. The barn is providing storage. The workshop is a great improvement on the railway cutting. Two buildings have been let to the West Sussex Rural Engineering Company, which is currently working on the restoration of High Salvington Mill. The yard is allocated for a materials bank, run by the Museum's new company, Singleton Museum Services Ltd. The District Council has been very helpful.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Progress in the Museum's Buildings Programme.
Wagon Shed. Saw pit, Dovecote, Court Barn
Wagon Shed, Saw Pit, Milton Street Dovecote, Court Barn / Chris Zeuner reports on the progress in erection. McCurdy Bros finished the Wiston Wagon shed, and the Sheffield Park Saw-pit on time. Early in the year in appalling weather we dismantled a dovecote at Milton Street, Cuckmere. It was made with flint and chalk.
Work on the exhibition of plumbing by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers is going on well.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Exhibition / Richard Harris has compiled an exhibtion entitled "Timber-framed Buildings" which will be shown at the Building Centre in London. We hope it will be shown here in 1982.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980The Museum's Collection / The Museum's collection of artefacts continues to grow. The aim is not to trespass on other Museums' policies. We are interested in tools and equipments used in blacksmithing etc, items relating to agriculture or livestock. Please keep the Museum in mind and contact Heather Champion or Chris Zeuner.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Experiments with Daub / Alan Godfrey reports on his experiments with different ingredients in daub. The first trials in 1978 failed because of weather problems. But in 1980 a new set will be under way. Daubs differed everywhere, and the aim is to obtain a mixture which will last in our conditions, but not to re-invent anything.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Walderton Cottage - A Challenge for the Museum. / Richard Harris led the dismantling of a derelict cottage in Walderton. The cottage appeared to have started life in 14th century as an extension to an earlier building. It was altered in the mid 17th century: the outside walls were rebuilt in flint and brick; a central chimney was installed in the cross passage; new upper floors were established throughout. Later alterations were superficial. The problem is now how to preent it. Fred Aldsworth's help in the archaeology has been important and John Friar led most of the practical work.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Richard Pailthorpe / Richard Pailthorpe has joined the staff as Senior Assistant. He has worked for Humberts as Assistant Land Agent at the Goodwood Estate.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Museum's Success with "Special Days". / A "Sheep Day" saw the opening of the shepherd's hut restored by John Powick, under the sponsorship of the Sussex Downsmen. John Norwood gave a lecture on the shepherd's life and tools, Sheep shearing was demonstrated by Horace Oliver, the shepherd of Mr Humphrey's flock at East Dean.
A "Wood Day" included a lecture by Philip Walker on ancient wood-working tools and demonstrations of cleaving battens, hurdle making, spar making and adzing.
The Museum held an exhibition called "Country Life in Victorian and Edwardian Sussex" based on " All change at Singleton" by Ian Serralier, sponsored by Phillimore of Chichester and organised by Dick Pailthorpe. Photographic reproduction was by Mike Coviello. Mr C. Jenkins demonstrated a pair of oxen (Bill and Ben) pulling an ox cart imported from France.
Other events were Morris dancing, a performance by Musica Antiqua and a charcoal burn.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Country Fair / The Museum's Country Fair held in May raised more than
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Grants and Donations / The Monument Trust has granted
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980WEA Classes at the Museum / In October and November Richard Harris will be taking two series of WEA classes: each of 10 meetings. The first is intended to be introductory and the second a continuation class.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980New Children's Guide / Heather Champion has written a new children's guide, which is published by Dinosaur Publications. The last guide was written by Kim Leslie and illustrated by Mrs Hett IBM has made a contribution to the cost.
1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Obituaries
Stuart Rigold
R.T.Mason / John Warren regrets the early death of Stuart Rigold who had been Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for England and Wales. He gave much advice to the founders of the Museum
Roy Armstrong reports the death of R. T. Mason, the author of Framed Buildings of the Weald, and a founder-member of the Vernacular Architecture Group and the Wealden Buildings Study Group, which was very involved in the founding of the Museum.
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