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1997/11Magazine Vol. 7 No. 19 / November 1997Thatching Boarhunt / Chris Tomkins re-thatched Boarhunt this year
1997/11Magazine Vol. 7 No. 19 / November 1997Friends news / Next year's Spring Tour will be to South Wales: visiting Lydiard Park, Tredegar House, Welsh Folk Museum, Cardiff Castle, Castle Coch and Penhow Castle. Contact Jean Piggott. A memorial to Virginia Lyon will be oak finger posts carved by Ted Vincent. The Friends have their own telephone number. 1997 visits were to Chiltern Open Air Museum, Michelham Priory, Bateman's, Great Dixter, Highgrove, a horse drawn narrow boat. The Spring tour was to Durham and Northumberland including Beamish. The subscriptions are being increased to: Family,
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Diary 1996 / Main events include: Re-erection of Whittakers Cottages, Traditional Food Fair, Food and Farming Through the Ages, Heavy Horses, Master Classes in Building Conservation, Southern Early Music, Rare Breeds, History Re-enactment Workshop, Children's Activity Weekend, Autumn Countryside Celebrations, Christmas Shopping
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996News in brief / 1995 was a successful season, and the financial position is stronger. The Campaign for Museums is running a Museums week led by Lloyd Grossman. The study tour of Canadian museums to be led by Bob Powell is well booked.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996New opportunity for Friends to help Museum / With the opening of Longport there is a new opportunity for Friends to welcome visitors and encourage new members at a "front of house" desk.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Gettting the best out of volunteering / Chris Zeuner plans that some Museum activities be organised into defined groups each led by a staff member or a volunteer. Education task force led by Sue Shave, Conservation group led by Bob Powell, Gardening group led by Bob Holman, Mill group led by Mike Tighe, Stewards group led by Keith Bickmore.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Museum welcomes new chairman / David Tomlinson is tne Museum's new chairman. in place of Nigel Stephens.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Light at the end of the tunnel / Chris Zeuner reports that Longport House is ready as the office, entrance facility and shop.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Museum expands adult education programme / The Museum is in its second year of the Dip/MSc degree course in Building Conservation of Bournemouth University, in which Richard Harris teaches the timber modules. Master classes in practical building conservation will be held. There will be a summer school with Richard Hunt as director. Practical one day courses on Charcoal Burning and the Use of Draught Horses in Public Places. Contact Carol Hawkins (later Carol Bnrinson).
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Charcoal Company wins Community Enterprise Award. / The Bioregional Charcoal Company through which the Museum markets some charcoal has won a Community Enterprise Award sponsored by The Times and Touche ross. Alan Waters will run an introductory course on 29 March and an earth kiln on 26/28 July.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996The late 19th Century Chapel from Ovingdean / A late 19th Century corrugated iron chapel in Ovingdean has been accepted by the Museum.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996After Longport. . . / The first priority is completion of Reigate. Winkhurst will have a small modern building on the side near the woodland and the open bay will be furnished as a kitchen. Whittakers Cottages are being got ready for re-erection. Roger Champion will start work on Poplars this year. Longer term work is more doubtful: Tindalls Cottage, Berrylands Farm, and the granaries from Ashurst and Chilcombe are all in the running.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Little things that make a difference / Bob Powell describes the year's collection. Nigel Westacott and Ray Ashdown have accessioned the items received. Roy Money gave us a barn hoist. Other items include: shepherd's hut, teacher's high chair, honey extractor for Heather Champion, Shepherd's crook, milestone from Upper Beeding, , "Vono" knife cleaner. Mr and Mrs Drake allowed us to clear out the workshop at Hoes Farm.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996The Conservation Group / The Conservation Group is an expansion of the old "Tuesday Group" and is now working on a shepherd's hut. Two anonymous members have restored the Museum's boat waggon and some horse drawn equipment. Jon Roberts is conserving some of the smaller objects.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996The raising of Longport House / Photographs by Chris Zeuner, Richard Pailthorpe, Jimmy Clevett and Diana Zeuner of the erection of Longport Houser. People featured are Chris Zeuner, Roger Champion, Richard Harris, Richard Murdoch, Andrew Hodby, Tim Piggott
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996How the garden grew / Photos of the Longport garden, which is dedicated to the late Lord Bonham Carter of Yanrbury, who frequently visited the Museum with Lady Elizabeth Benson and David Benson. Ivan Hicks is the designer and Pete and Ron Betsworth are shown planting trees.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996First Museum Summer School / Richard Hunt will lead the Museum's first summer school in 6-13 July. Themes include the archaeology of the Weald and Downland, Boxgrove Man, the Iron Age, the Romans and the iron industry, landscape and the rural world in literature, art and music. Contact Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson)
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996An 18th century spit jack / In May we were given several items by Lesley Maddock on behalf of Peter Adams of Pulborough. including sheep bells, trivet, lock, horse harness, wooden scoops and a spit mechanism for roasting meat in front of an open fireplace. Jon Roberts took the spit to pieces to clean it, and coated it with conservation microcrystalline wax before reassembling it.
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Friends' Annual Conference and A.G.M. / The Friends' AGM will be held on 30 March in West Dean College. Guided tours of Midhurst will be given by Peter Gray and Dr Annabelle Hughes
1996/3Magazine Vol. 6 No. 16 / March 1996Friends' News / An enamel lapel badge with the word "Friend" under the logo is available. Guest tickets can be bought by a Friend and then used to pay for the admission of a guest, who need not be accompanied. There are 3 vacancies on the Friends' Committee.
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