Museum History
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1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983Visitor Questionnaire Survey. / Isobel Richardson of Reading University started a questionnaire survey of the museum, which the carried on through the year. [The conclusions are too elaborate to summarise here, without showing personal prejudice. ]
1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983Photographic Competition. / This year the Friends are organising a photographic competition for all amateur photographers. The subject is "something seen at the Museum" and there are two classes: under 18 and Open.
1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983New Acquistions for the Collections / Heather Champion has received and stored in Charlton a number of historic artefacts. : wooden lattice window from Walderton; the binder used at this year's harvest; a horse-worked hay lift; a public house settle; an oak dresser; a lead tank; several wood working tools; several livestock items; three benches (one used solely for coffins) from Witley; chimney cranes, pothangers etc.
1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983Overflow Car Parking / A track has been built behind the lake to give access to the overflow car park; helped by a grant from the English Tourist Board.
1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983Catherine Barson, OBE / An obituary of Catherine Barson
1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983New Publications / Ruth Tittensor has written and Bruce Willams has designed a booklet expanding the theme of the Woodland Exhibition in Coldwaltham Cattle Shed.
The Friends are sponsoring a Board Game called "Time Trek", designed by Richard Pailthorpe: Snakes and ladders in the Museum!
A new Woodland Poster and a new children's guide to the lead working exhibition and several new postcards.
Offprints of Fred Aldsworth's and Richard Harris's report on Walderton House.
1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983Subscriptions / The subscription rates for Friends have been increased to
1983/3SBC Minutes / 23 March 1983Building Repairs Progress / It was reported that the tile hanging of Titchfield had been completed and was proving successful. The daubing and lime washing had been completed at Bayleaf and a start had been made on Boarhunt.
1983/3Members' Magazine No. 19 / March 1983Ploughing and Threshing / Despite poor weather the Treshing demonstration, using a threshing box provided by Bert Dibben of Dorset and a Foden Steam engine provided by Arthur Martin, was a success. Ted Nash ensured that the work was completed.
The ploughing attracted 3000 visitors. A pair of dexter cows from Butser Ancient Farm demonstrated cattle ploughing, and Vic Mitchell used a pair of Fowler BBI ploughing engines to draw a plough lent by Captain Baldock of the Hollycombe Steam Museum. Bob Dash with Jimmer and Ben, and Bob Lomax with Harvey and Queenie showed horse ploughing. Four vintage tractors owned by D. Rowe and Son showed a faster method.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983NFU Proposals / The local committee of the NFU had met to discuss the project further. They had formulated a new idea involving the completion of the Bayleaf complex which would include a suitable building in which to house a relevant exhibition. R Champion expressed concern that the building's maintenance work should not be forgotten. R Harris proposed that the project should be developed further provided that maintenance problems were adequately dealt with. This was accepted by the committee. It was proposed that R Harris, T Heymann and J Oliver should represent the Museum on the NFU committee during the development of the project.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983New Car Park / C Zeuner reported that the new overflow car park had been used successfully on 3 occasions. However, it required more passing spaces to ease the management problems.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983Hole House / R Harris outlined the form and structure of this house. The committee were of the opinion that an interest should be expressed in the building and the Museum should now endeavour to acquire it.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983Lurgashall Mill Granary / C Zeuner reported that the operation of the Mill would benefit by the addition of a granary in the vicinity of the Mill in which grain could be stored in bulk. The re-siting of Littlehampton Granary was considered a possibility. However, it was AGREED that another type of granary pattern would benefit the Museum if it could be acquired. It was suggested that the Lurgashall Granary may be available for the Museum. It was decided to approach the Ansteys concerning acquiring the granary. Enquiries would also be made concerning a Horsham granary due to be demolished.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983Little Winkhurst / R Harris reported that certain timbers had been selected for dendrochronology.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983West Wittering School / C Zeuner reported that good progress had been made on the West Wittering School and the stable was now being rebuilt. It was scheduled for completion and opening on Friday August 26th in the afternoon.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983Walderton Cottage / Mr Aldsworth reported that the publication on Walderton Cottage in the Sussex Archaeological Collection was available to the public. He was negotiating for pots (based on archaeological evidence found during the dig at Walderton) to be thrown and fired for use at the summer school.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983Crawley Building / Mr Zeuner reported on the work being carried out on the Crawley Building. New French drains had been laid and n o cracks had been found in the foundation. A gutter was to be put on the rear of the building. A report had been received from APP concerning the cause of the crack. However, before removing panelling and flooring to investigate pressure on the end wall, it was decided to make sure that herring bone strutting had indeed been fitted as this is considered to be the alleged cause of the fault. AGREED epoxy filler be used to fill cracks after all other work had been carried out.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983Technical Forum / C Zeuner explained he hoped to establish a "technical forum" at the Museum. This would be an opportunity for a number of people with specialist technical expertise to contribute to the Museum.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983The Cutting / R Harris proposed to compile a plan and inventory of material and buildings in the cutting.
1983/6SBC Minutes / 8 June 1983Toll Cottage / R Harris submitted a suitable design for the gates based on a photograph of the Bramber gates.
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