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1999/10Magazine / Autumn 1999New Events 2000 / Events in 2000 will include a Fire Event on 26 March ranging from cooking and blacksmithing to fireplace trail, lime burning, glass blowing, bronze casting, and horse drawn fire engine.
"Inspired by the past" with Gordon Rushmer as artist in residence.
"Timber framing from scratch" course
Tim Sandys-Renton's sculpture.
Bob Holman's dawn Chorus & Nightjar walks.
A literary pack with contributions from Jon Roberts and Pat Goodwin
Junior Friends group flourished. On May Day they created a wattle-and-daub oven. Their summer camp included steam boats on the mill pond.
1999/10Magazine / Autumn 1999The stage is set / Museum was used for filming more than before. "Tenth Kingdom" BBC's "Millennium History" and "Grass Roots".
1999/10Magazine / Autumn 1999Diary 1999-2000 / Main events include: Tree Dressing; Half-term Activities; The Fire Event; Mothering Sunday; Easter Traditional Food Fair; Museum & Galleries Month 2000'
1999/10Magazine / Autumn 1999Celebrating trees / On 5th December we will celebrate life-giving properties of trees by annual tree dressing day.
1999/10Magazine / Autumn 1999New sheep and shepherding display / Society of Sussex Downsmen has supported the new shepherding display.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 19981998 Events / The principal events are: Traditional Food Fair, Food and Farming Event, Heavy Horses, Rare Breeds, Children's Activity, Autumn Celebration. Dovetail events are "Civil Disorder", Lucky Bags, Copper Family, Shakespeare's Globe Renaissance Dancers, Taming of the Shrew, Alice in Wonderland
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Dick Tutton, Fred Couch / Obituaries of Dick Tutton by Heather Champion and Fred Couch by Julie Massey
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998An ongoing task - preventing building decay. / Hutton + Rostron Environmental Investigations Ltd., specialists in the investigation, control, eradication and prevention of damp and decay problems, have been monitoring our buildings since 1991. They use paper patches, Rothound Goldie with his handler/surveyor, Tim Hutton, Curator automatic building monitoring system and other techniques.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998British Agricultural History Society / An advertisement for the Agricultural History Review.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Hooked on the Museum / Carol Brinson's account of her involvement with the Museum from its start. She worked at West Dean College in the mid 70s. Minutes secretary for the Friends, then 20 years on its committee. A volunteer at the Museum, also helped with fund raising. Now, as a duty warden and events organiser, she works nearly full time at the Museum.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Dovetail / Carol Brinson has planned this programme for Dovetail: Copper Family, Shakespeare's Globe renaissance Dancers and a "barn" dance, Illyria with "The Taming of the Shrew", the Arundel based Drip Action Theatre Company
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998A haven for nature / Bob Holman reports on his finding a wasp spider in the Bayleaf garden, identified by Mike Goodchild. The Sussex Downs Conservation volunteers have been studying the Museum's coppice for flowers and butterflies
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Threshing time again / Arthur Thompson with his steam engine powering the threshing box.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Supporting the Weald and Downland Museum / Supporters of the Museum include: for Building Conservation Project, Heritage Lottery Fund, Headley Trust; for Poplar Cottage, Heritage Lottery Fund, Roy Armstrong Memorial Fund, South Eastern Museum Service, Havenhope Trust, Basil Shippam Trust, Peacock Trust, Three T's Trust, Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Peter Minet Trust, Idlewild Trust, Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Sir Edward Lewis Trust; for Whittakers Cottages, Leopold Muller Estate, Carnegie Trust; for Building conservation courses, Willard Developments of Chichester, Jackson Stops and Staff; for education, West Sussex County Council; for coppice management, Forestry Commission; for Bayleaf Farmhouse, Millwood Designer Homes; for Walderton House garden, Enesco European Giftware Group Ltd, National Heritage Arts Sponsorship Scheme, for events, West Sussex Gazette, The Farm Advertiser, Chichester Tractors; for charcoal camp, Hampshire County Council, Butser Turf Company. General donations, Whitbread Char \\
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Hiring out 16th century Crawley Hall / Crawley Hall is being used by businesses and organisations. Some are named.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998The iceberg factor / Julie Massey writes on the reasons for museums to make collections: for future exhibitions; to pass on items to other museums; for research; for conservation. She describes what happens to objects entering the museum: an entry form is completed, it is added to the accessions register, a record card is completed, it is assessed for any conservation treatment needed, it is then wrapped and stored. The objects need to be kept in the best environment possible. The Museum is prepaing an oral history programme, recording on tape the sounds and voices of everyday people.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Whittakers Cottages - the railway connection / Richard Harris describes his research into the railways and Whittakers Cottages. The cottages originated in the "railway mania" of the 1840s. Richard Whittaker was paid
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998New trophy goes to best communicator / A picture of Allan Davis of Porton with his trophy given at the Museum's Autumn Countryside celebration in memory of Alick Deadman. The trophy is given to the horseman who communicates best with the public.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Keeping rural crafts alive / A photo of Peter Ball making wooden rakes at the Out of the Wood Show.
1998/3Magazine Vol. 9 No. 18 / March 1998Glimpse of Victorian life / Whittakers Cottage will be open to the public with Victorian furnishings. Julia Massey has found the necessary objects.
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