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1994/10Magazine Vol. 5 No. 13 / October 1994Le Walk brings amazing response / Chris Zeuner's sponsored walk through the Channel Tjnnel raised
1994/10Magazine Vol. 5 No. 13 / October 1994New Museum Chairman / Alan Hayes retired as Chairman of the Museum's Executive Board, and has been replaced by Nigel Stephens
1994/10Magazine Vol. 5 No. 13 / October 1994Conservation Board opens office at Museum / The Sussex Downs Conservation Board has opened its western area office at the Museum
1994/10Magazine Vol. 5 No. 13 / October 1994Slindon dinner / Paul Farnsworth will speak at the Friends' dinner in the Coronation Hall in Slindon.
1994/10Magazine Vol. 5 No. 13 / October 1994Longport House takes shape as the Museum's new entrance / Longport House is taking on its original appearance. It will cost
1994/10Magazine Vol. 5 No. 13 / October 1994Come Christmas Shopping at the Museum / An advertisemnt for the shop at Christmas
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993CRAFT FAIR / Skilled craftsmen from all over the south-east converged on the Museum for this two-day craft fair over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Virginia Lyon spent many months gathering together more than 30 exhibitors whose work included furniture making, wood carving, basket making, dried and pressed flowers, wrought iron work, rugs from the fleeces of rare breeds of sheep, to mention but a few. The Sussex Guild of Craftsmen also exhibited in a separate marquee, making it one of the largest craft events in the region. Congratulations to Virginia for such a successful event.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993ROMANIA : A DIFFERENT IMAGE / On 9 September Chris and I returned from Romania after attending the XVI Conference of the European Association of Open Air Museums. It turned out for me to be what is best described by the clich
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993"A TIME THERE WAS" - AN EXHIBITION BY PHOEBE SOMERS / This Exhibition celebrates the launch of the book "A Time There Was" by Phoebe Somers who has written many articles over the years for the West Sussex Gazette, Sussex Life and other publications. Her book records accounts of the daily lives of shepherds, women in domestic service, farmers and other rural figures. The Exhibition, which will be held in Crawley Hall from 14 - 31 October, includes portraits, photographs and artefacts from the first half of the 20th century.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993THE ARMSTRONG LIBRARY / The Armstrong Library has been undergoing some changes recently. Our new policy is towards greater public access whenever this is practical and weather allows. To this end a display panel has been produced detailing the history of the Library and the work that does on within it.

On certain days visitors may now enter the Library through the door opposite the Market Hall and view the books and display from behind a rope barrier, thereby allowing greater access without compromising security.

A large collection of books, which were left to the Museum by Peter Burton, have now been accessioned and entered the main collection. They form a considerable and very welcome addition to the material we hold and have more than doubled the number of books on ecclesiastical architecture that we hold.

Considerable help in the archiving of these books was given by Miss Octavia Heywood-Kenny, a volunteer who has also been helping Bob Powell (Curator) in his work. Work is now progressing \\
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993CZECH FOLK GROUP / The Museum staff were delighted to host the Polajka Folk Group from the Czech Republic in July. They took park in a full programme both here and in Chichester, displaying handmade musical instruments and jewellry, and performing dances and songs from the Carpathian Mountains. From Sussex they travelled on to London and Coventry and judging from their performances here must have been exhausted by the end of their visit!
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993RARE BREEDS SHOW / It was good to see the pigs back at this event after the Blue Ear Disease outbreak which prevented them attending for 2 years. This Show is one of the largest annual gatherings of traditional farm animals in the South East and although not a record attendance this year, visitors were plentiful and the new layout of the Show ground was a great improvement.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993HISTORY RE-ENACTMENT / The History Re-enactment Workshop visited the Museum to perform in Pendean House. Much research went into this re-creation of some aspects of daily life in the household of John Coldham and his family who were associated with the property some 400 years ago. Members of the group, other than the performers, were on hand to answer any questions from the public, and the event was a great success.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993SIRIUS' DOLPHIN / This new play was performed at the Museum and starred Amanda Waring and Robert Daws who wrote this comic love story specially for the Museum. It was a delightful performance and profits made were donated to the Museum. Amanda has been coming to the Museum for many years as a visitor and we are pleased that she and Robert have taken such an interest. We congratulate them on their marriage which took place shortly after the performance of Sirius' Dolphin.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993HEAVY HORSES / More than 50 horses - Shire, Percherons, Suffolks, Clydesdales, - were present at this popular day. A good crowd enjoyed a continuous programme of events both in the ring and around the site when handlers took their horses through a competitive skills test, finishing in the ring with a series of obstacles.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993FORTHCOMING EVENTS / 26 September Novice Sheep Dog Trials
7 October ESUS Low Grade Timber Course in Crawley Hall
14-31 October "A Time There Was" - An exhibition of portraits, photographs and artefacts in
Crawley Hall to celebrate the launch of the book by Phoebe Somers
23-24 October Steam Threshing and Ploughing
24 November Goodwood Country Park Walk, ld by Gary Couper (Ranger). Meet at
Countersgate Car park at 10 am
27-28 November Christmas Shopping at the Museum from 11 am until 5 pm.
20 December Carols at the Museum at 7 pm
26 December Trundel (sic) Landscape Walk led by Gary Couper (Ranger). Meet at Seven Points
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1993/9Bulletin / September 1993SOTHEBY'S ADVISORY AND VALUATION DAY / Attendance at this event was unfortunately low, due to the bad weather. Sotheby's gave their services free of charge and those who did take their "treasures" were interested - and sometimes delighted! - to hear what the experts had to say.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993THE FOUR MEN / North Cray House at the Museum was the setting for the adaptation by Bob Copper and Company of Hilaire Belloc's "The Four Men". The Company played to a full house and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the stories of Sussex, songs and verse. The performance was followed by a buffet supper which was served in Sole Street.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993MAY DAWN CHORUS/TRUNDLE LANDSCAPE/DAWN BREAK ON THE DOWNS/GOODWOOD ECOLOGY/EDIBLES AND MEDICINALS / From May to July a good selection of events in the countryside was enjoyed to the full. Those willing to rise before the crack of dawn had a peaceful start to the day, listening to the dawn chorus on the Downs, followed by a most welcome breakfast prepared by Richard Pailthorpe at the Museum.

Others enjoyed seeing and hearing of the unusual uses of local plants we take for granted; this was followed by a visit to the herb garden at Bayleaf on the Museum site.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993EUROPEAN HOME EXHIBITION / Last reports were that this Exhibition would be closed at the end of June. However, such was its success that its stay in Scotland was extended and it will now be returned at the beginning of October, having been seen by some 28,000 people during the Highland Show alone.
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