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1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Greenwood structure to mushroom in Paris! / An interesting spin-off from the museum's greenwood timber building is that Edward Cullinan Architects and Buro Happold Engineers have been invited to design and build a temporary grid shell porch for the Pompidou Centre. Working with Andrew Holloway of the Green Oak Carpentry Company the museum will be involved in this structure.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997New services for schools in great demand / The two subjects most wanted by schools are "Tudors" and "Building materials". Sue Shave and Jon Roberts have devloped boxes containing suitable material, which are available for loan to schools, Artefact handling workshops are also available. Peter Hawes and Mary Burnie are involved.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997New winter programme / Bayleaf workshops can be booked by schools in the winter: two hours for one school per day. Many Bayleaf stewards gave their time: Lyn Whittaker, Jean Constable, Godfrey Shirt, Leo van Ewick, Carla Burley, Dan Gaffney, Mike Giles, John Goodfellow, Heather Clover, Mary Burne, John Eyre, Chris Humphrey and Alwyn Johnson. A building materials workshop was also run for schools Peter Hawes, Jon Roberts, Richard Murdoch, Alison Bunning, Mike Piggott, Reg Knight and Chris Humphrey were involved.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Dovetail / The 1997 Dovetail programme includes: Illyria's performances of the Tempest and Richard III; The Copper Family; Popeluc, rthe Romanian/English folk trio, Pete Castle, Lucy Castle-Hotea and "Popica"; Artisan, a three-part harmony group; open air barn dance, with music by the Original Elastic Band with caller Dr Hodgson. Contact Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson)
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997The museum's aims and objectives. / A synthesis from the museum's forward plan.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Sowing the seeds / Bob Holman describes the work in the museum gardens. The standard group is Bob Holman, Thelma Jack and Jill Dickens. Lyn Whittaker, Heather Clover and Leo van Ewick play an important part in interpretation.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997The Green Wood Trust fosters interest on woodlands / The Green Wood Trust encourages the effective management of woodlands
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Loading the kiln / A picture of Alan Waters and Nick Conway loading the charcoal kiln.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Supporting the Weald and Downland Museum / Financial assistance comes from: the Friends of the Museum for many projects; for Court Barn, Joint Industry Board, Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Lead Sheet Association; for education, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council; for Ovingdean Chapel, Ovingdean Hall School, Museum and Galleries Commission, PRISM Fund; for Poplars, South Eastern Museum Services, the Havenhope Trust, Bassil Shippam Trust, Peacock Trust, Three T's Charity, Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Peter Minet Trust, Idlewild Trust, Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Sir Edward Lewis Foundation; for Walderton garden, Enesco European Giftware Groups Ltd. , (Lilliput Lane), National Heritage Arts Sponsorship Scheme; General donations, Whitbread Charitable Trust, McDougall Rose, Aldwick Quilters, Zeneca, Solway Veterinary, Management, Forestry Commission, Oxfordshire County Council, Berkshire Charitable Trust, Tallow Chandlers Benevolent Fund, Worshipful Company of Carpenters; Legacies an \\
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Romanian connections / 1997 is a year in which a number of activities have links with Romania: 16 Romanian students will spend three weeks here in June. Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson) and Sue Shave will be on an exchange visit to the Village Museum at Bucharest. Popeluc will again visit the museum, Henry Russell of Carpentry Oak and Woodland Company, spent three months in Romania last year and will give a slide presentation of his experiences.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997A true cottage - Whittakers Cottages, Ashtead / Richard Harris describes the research into materials used in the museum's latest building exhibit. Includes:
- Information about the original site
- Analysis of acres and hectares
- Plan of the cottages - descriptions and drawings
- The construction of the frame and comparison with other museum buildings
- Construction: the species of timber used
- Construction: method and type of timber conversion of posts, plates, mid-rails, studs, rails, braces, joists and weatherboards
- Analysis of the mortar and plaster used
- Analysis of orginal paint
- Interpretative material and furnishings
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1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Repairs at the millpond / The mill race has had major repairs. The heron has returned , but 30 cormorants were less welcome. The Pevensey wind pump needs restoration and repair. A call for volunteers with engineering skills.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Friends News / Lisa Neville is appointed Membership Secretary. The treasurer, Mike Doran, is retiring. Chys Crinall has taken over the task of Victorian teacher from Valerie Singer. Thanksgiving Service for Virginia L:yon at Singleton Church on 5th April, followed by AGM. The Spring tour to Durham and Northumberland, including Beamish, is fully booked. Visits to Chiltern Open Air Museum; Michelham Priory and Firle Place; Bateman's, Burwash, and Great Dixter; Highgrove Gardens. Autumn expedition in a horse drawn narrow boat with commentary by Chris Hawkins. Picture of Junior Friends pond dipping.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Hands on! & Court Barn / Picture of a boy learning how to use a pole lathe. The Worshipful Company of Plumbers and the Lead Sheetr Association have produced a new centrepiece (in memory pf Henry Baker), built by Broderick Structures Ltd with copper donated by the Copper Association. Richard Murdoch covered the pitched roof with lead sheet
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Trustees in Profile. / Brief histories of Marjorie Hallam, Nigel Stephens, Michael Garston, Peter Gray, John Godfrey, David Russell.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997News in brief / Plans are afoot to provide special tours in National Environment Week in May. Albert Peacock continues to make thatching spars. The Sussex Downs Conservation continue to use our horse equpiment for extracting timber from Duncton Hill. Sue Shave wants volunteers to help her when Singleton Cricket Club celebrates the 250th anniversary of women's cricket. We supplied a contractor on the Thames with willow wattle. Richard Murdoch will run a repeat of his workshop on lead casting.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Spring cleaning / A picture of Christine Holder cleaning the Market Hall
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Overcoming another hurdle / A picture of Andrew Hodby carrying hazel hurdles.
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Out of the wood show. / A new event will be the Out of the Wood show in September
1997/3Magazine Vol. 8 No. 17 / March 1997Museum receives Sandford Award for educational excellence. / The Heritage Education Trust granted the Museum a full Sandford Award. Sue Shave explained that the judges came on a hot day in June, when Jon Roberts was helping with brick making, and Brian Weekes and Ann Pollock were running "Getting to Grips". Singleton School came for a Victorian afternoon with Jean Piggott running a food and cooking session and Valerie Singer taking a Victorian lesson.
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