Museum History
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1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Building Repairs Progress - Gents' Toilet / C Zeuner reported that there had been an underground break in the drains. It had been necessary to make the decision to demolish the Gents Toilets situated inside the Cattleshed. C Zeuner proposed that there should be a 3'6" wide access to the toilets which would be redesigned with an extra urinal, bearing in mind it would be used by a number of small boys. As there would be a problem of matching new brickwork to the remaining wall he suggested the use of lime washing. The general feeling of the committee was that the Museum should endeavour to match the bricks.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Building Repairs Progress - Lurgashall Mill / R Champion reported that he had carried out certain safety modifications within the mill. C Zeuner drew the committee's attention to safety on the site. He proposed that all buildings should have a safety handrail for the stairs, whether or not there was historical evidence for one. AGREED.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Building Repairs Progress - Titchfield Market Hall / C Zeuner reported that Renofors had used a polyurethane foam to seal the West end of the building. If it proved successful he suggested the back wall of Crawley should be treated similarly. However, it was AGREED to wait a year to ascertain the success of the operation.
1982/5SBC Minutes / 16 May 1982Car parking / C Zeuner stated that the working party had met and reported that it was technically possible to create 80 car parking spaces above the existing car park. However, the cost of earth moving, stump clearance etc. would be too expensive. He had approached Alex Brown, of Manor Farm, who appeared willing to provide overflow car parking space at a price. There would be problems of access, safety, etc. Other areas had been looked at including creation of a track around the back of the lake to a grass car park in the Gonville Drive area. After discussion AGREED this should be looked into further.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Unusual New Projects Launched at the Museum / Albert Peacock is now employed full time on making spars for use in thatching.
He makes 5,000 a week. Martin Bossom is making charcoal using a metal retort, also on a full time basis. The Museum grew 22 acres of Red Standard Wheat for thatching straw, and two ricks have been built by Les Whitecall and Albert Peacock. The wheat will be ground and sold at the Mill. Ted Nash helped with the harvest.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Two Major Scheme for 1984-85 / The exhibition in Hambrook is being redesigned. The re-erection of Horsham Shop and Reigate Building will be re-erected onto the Western end of Crawley Hall. The first and second floors of the Horsham shop will not be open to the public. Planning permission is not yet complete and the start date is not yet decided
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Attendance Figures / By the end of Auguist the figures were down on last year: 129,000 compared with 149,000. The early wet and later hot weather may be to blame.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Plumbers Activities / The Worshjpful Company of Plumbers entertained the Institute of Plumbing with a picnic at the Museum and a tour of the Plumbers' Museum in Court Barn.
The Plumbing Teachers Association held its annual meeting at the Museum. Phil Mead was elected President.
As a record of appreciation of the help and support the Open Air Museum has given to the establishment of the Plumbers' museum a plaque was presented during the annual meeting to the Director.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Winter at the Museum / There will be an Autumn Activities Weekend in October 1984 including ploughing with a team of Dexter cows from Butser Ancient Farm, harrowing by the Museum's pair of oxen, vintage tractor ploughing, steam threshing with Bert Dibben thresher and Arthur Martin's steam engine.
A Christmas concert will be held with Lavinia Snelling playing the lute and Ashley Stafford counter tenor. on December 17th and a Carol service will be held in Bayleaf on December 20th
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983North Cray Hall House / North Cray will be erected between August 6 and August 13th 1984. Roger Champion is getting on with the repair work of the elm timbers There is a photo by Geoffrey Claridge of a window under repair
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Retirement of Doug and Marjorie Bryant / Doug and Marjorie Bryant retire this year from ttheir duties as Warden and Shop Supervisor.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983New Development at the Library / Marjorie Hallam and her team are bulding up from duplicates a small section of loan material strictly for Friends and Volunteers
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Time Trek / The Museum Board Game "Time Trek" will be available shortly in the Shop.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983West Wittering School / The West Wittering School will be offically opened at the beginning of the 1984 season. J. Booker and Son are working on the building.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Special Summer Activities / The Country Fair saw nearly 2000 visitors, and raised more than
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Museum's Smallest Building / A timber-framed privy from Charlton is being erected in the Toll Cottage garden by the Winter volunteer party led by Brian Boseley
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Letter from the Chairman of the Friends. / Sir James Waddell's letter to the Friends refers to the next AGM at which the Secretary, Bernard Johnson and the Treasurer, Elsie Kessler will be retiring. Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson) and Bernard Rush are willing to take their places.
The Friends' have contributed
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Junior Friends to be Formed / Elizabeth Newbery has volunteered to run a Junior Friends group for individual children aged 7 and upwards. They will receive newsletters and there will be special activities at Christmas, Easter and during the summer open only to Junior Friends.
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 19831984 - An Eventful Year / Events due in 1984: The Biskupin Exhibition for 3 months; Richard Harris's Exhibition entitled "Traditional Building Crafts", prepared in association with Area Museums Service for South Eastern England; Heavy Horses, in conjunction with Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association; re-erection of North Cray; Autumn Activities Weekend
1983/10Members' Magazine No. 20 / October 1983Summer School / Elizabeth Newbery organised a summer school in August based on Walderton House and its 17th century owners, the Catchlove family. She was assisted by Elaine Vawdry, Eileen Simmance, Virginia Lyon and Christopher Challen. An average of 30 children attended each session.
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