Museum History
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1993/9Bulletin / September 1993LONGPORT HOUSE / This will be an item in the Bulletin for some time to come especially as the excitement builds up to the big move. Planning consent has been obtained and at last work has started with the tree felling by the lavatories. A full report on plans and progress will be available in the Museum Magazine which will be circulated towards the end of the month.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993VISITOR NUMBERS / Summer visitors have boosted numbers to a healthy total. With two more events to take place, coupled with the additional opening day in the winter season (Saturday), we should end the year on a more positive note, feeling that the recession has been beaten.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993STAFF / We extend a warm welcome (to) Sue Wardle who joins the Museum Office staff as Secretary to Richard Pailthorpe and hope she continues to be happy in her work here.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993GEOFF KENT / It is with regret that I begin this Bulletin with the sad news of the death of Geoff Kent who was a former member of staff and a longstanding volunteer at the Museum from the early days. He will be greatly missed by his many friends at the Museum. We send our condolences to his wife, Dorothy, who also has given much of her time to voluntary work at the Museum prior to her husband's illness. We shall miss Geoff immensely and hope that Dorothy will visit us from time to time. Our thanks to you both for your valuable contribution over the years.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993(none) / Now the Summer is almost over next year's calendar is in the throes of taking shape and we hope to have many more events for visitors to enjoy. This year has been a successful one in terms of visitor numbers and regular events and the following will give you a good idea of what has been happening.
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993WOOL AND WOOD DAY / This new event at the Museum covered many aspects of wool and woodland-based crafts such as spinning, sheepdog handling, wood-turning, pyrography, wattle hurdle making, trug making, walking stick making, basket making and working with a pole lathe. The highlight of the day was the conversion of a fleece into a child's sweater during the day - completed by the skin of the teeth!
1993/9Bulletin / September 1993JUNIOR FRIENDS' ACTIVITIES / If the smiling faces and complimentary comments several weeks after the events run for Junior Friends are anything to go by then it can be confidently said that the Summer Camp on the theme of Nomads was a success. What a contrast to last year's weather! The children really did experience all the rigours of living in the countryside in pouring raid and mud. Thanks to the gallant efforts of the band of leaders all the planned activities took place either under canvas awnings or within the Museum buildings.

The superb gypsy caravan brought in by Andrew Hodby for the children to use and sleep in added that special touch of excellence that the Museum is so able to achieve. Along with the Romany artist, Delaine LeBas, and the patchwork of Ann Pollock, the Junior Friends recorded and produced a wide range of most colourful and interesting products to share with their parents. The Museum was well used. This year's theme stretched all the inventive skills of those who took par \\
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993FOOD FAIR / This year's Food Fair attracted in excess of 30 exhibitors and once again there was a high standard of presentation and variety of products. We had a "cheese theme" this year and visitors were able to sample and purchase varieties of cheeses and dairy products from sheep, cows and goats.

Thanks to Jean Piggott and Chris Knights for organising the produce competitions. Chris also kindly judged the entries which totalled over 50. The overall winner was Miss Ison and Keith Bickmore won a prize for his chutney. We would like to see a few more entries next year, so please bear this in mind.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993FORTHCOMING EVENTS / 1 May May Day Dawn Chorus 4.30 am (Tickets
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993REQUEST FOR EQUIPMENT / Bob Powell and John Herniman would be very grateful to receive any old workshop tools, for use in collection restoration, and any garden tools for site use. (Please note that these tools are not for the collections.)

In addition, Bob would appreciate donations of enamel paint in the primary colours - red, blue, yellow; also green and black enamel paint would be welcome and metal primer.

Another request is for beds and a small three piece suite (in good condition) for the Museum's Hostel.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993PETER BURTON LEGACY / The Museum Library has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a large number of books collected by the late Peter Burton. His library on vernacular architecture and museums was extensive and contained many titles not previously available in the Museum Library.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993ANIMALS / Tamworth Boar: This boar is on loan from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust following a period of activity in the West Country. He is now resident in West Sussex and awaits bookings from suitably purebred females!

The Sussex cow has produced a heifer, and Rosie is expecting her foal in about two months time, and of course we have numerous lambs springing about the place.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993TUESDAY GANG / The Tuesday gang is working hard under the guidance of John Herniman and they have already undertaken a number of jobs that are awaiting attention. Their efforts will help to ensure that the Museum continues to present itself well to the public.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993MOTHERING SUNDAY / An enormous number of people flooded to the Museum on Mothering Sunday, drawn in by good weather, a bunch of daffodils and the Observer's free ticket. The volunteers in the shop were inundated with requests for food and drink and it is hoped that the Caf
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993PLUMBERS WORKSHOP / The new Plumbers Workshop in Newick is now open to the public with all the tools set out in place. The Plumbers will continue to add to this collection as and when suitable material becomes available.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF OPEN AIR MUSEUMS / As you are probably aware, Christopher Zeuner is in his final year as President of the European Association of Open Air Museums. His appointment culminates in the biennial Conference of the Association which takes place in Romania in September. Our Curator, Bob Powell will also be taking part.

During Chris's tenancy, meetings have been arranged on a wide range of subjects bringing together experience from different European museums as well as involving new contacts with museums in the USA. The Association's activities between East and West Europe have developed particularly strongly in the last two years.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993LONGPORT HOUSE / Planning consent has been applied for and should be received shortly. Meanwhile discussions are taking place with Eurotunnel in respect of the fund raising. This will include the mammoth walk through the tunnel which Chris Zeuner has offered to undertake. Anyone willing to assist with sponsorship should contact the Museum office.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993ROY ARMSTRONG / Those of you who know Roy will be sorry to hear he has been unwell during the Winter. However, we are pleased to report he is making good progress and we hope to see him again at the Museum shortly.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993DICK HUM / We are sad to report the death of Dick Hum who, with his wife Mary, has been a stalwart volunteer at the Museum for many years. His contribution has been enormous and he will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues. We offer our sympathy to Mary for her sad loss.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993STAFF / We welcome Sue Rose to the Museum staff. Sue joined us six weeks ago as Museum Secretary at one of the busiest times of the year for the office. We hope she has not found the pressure too unbearable so far!

Many thanks to the volunteers, Ann Allen and Jean Piggott for their invaluable help in the office over the last few months. It is much appreciated.
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