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1993/4Bulletin / April 1993(none) / The Bulletin is prepared by the Director's Secretary, Pat Melhuish. It is intended to keep you all informed of a variety of interesting news about both the Museum and its people.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993VISITOR NUMBERS / Up to the middle of April, visitor numbers are 28,000 which is an increase of just over 1,000 visitors on the same time last year. This represents a good start to the season, especially when we suffered at the hands of the weather over the vitally important Easter weekend. Numbers for the Food Fair were not as good as last year's record total, mainly due to indifferent weather on Easter Sunday.
1993/4Bulletin / April 1993PARADES AND SHOWS / With assistance from Bob Dash and his team of horses the Museum Director was able to take the Sussex Wagon to the Regents Park Easter Parade, and we were delighted to receive two First Class Awards.

Peter Albon and Christopher Zeuner also attended the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association's Spring Working. They took the Museum's timber carriage and used it to provide a demonstration.

On the May Bank Holiday the Museum will have two turnouts at the Portsmouth Parade and will be thoroughly "leafletting" Southsea.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Volunteer co-ordinator starts work / John Herniman has taken on the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator to take better advantage of offers of practical help from volunteers.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993History re-enactment / The History Re-enactment Workshop will visit the Museum in the weekend 25-27 June. Andrew Robertshaw leads the group.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Latest developments in the library / Despite the absence of a full-time librarian the library has developed, thanks to Julian Stodd and Miss "Qui" Quihampton, under the general guidance of Bob Powell. Julian Stodd has undertaken work on computerisation, and Richard Harris is formatting a relatively indestructible "read only" version of the catalogue.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Special events / Special events in 1993 wi. l include: Traditional Food Fair, Heavy Horses, Novice Sheepdog Trials, Wool and Wood (a new event), Rare Breeds, and Steam Threshing etc; also a Childern's Activity weekend and a Craft Fair organised by Virginia Lyon
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Phoebe Somers's book / Phoebe Somers has written a book based on interviews with country people in the county. The Museum and the West Sussex County Council have helped with its publication by Alan Sutton Publishing.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Ladders long, ladders strong. . . Items we accepted for the collection. / Bob Powell lists some interesting items acquired: carpentry tools from Philpott of Copthorne; gamekeeping items from Mr Hiles; a 800-page ledger containing information on 19th century building from the Horley Lions Club; a collection of mill photos from James E. Hendrey
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Museums and Galleries Commission visit / Grahame Greene, the Chairman of the Museums and Galleries Commission and other members, including Frank Atkinson and Dame Margaret Wilson visited the Museum
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993The changing world of a curator / Bob Powell is offered numerous objects for the Museum. He has to decide whether it is relevant to the collection, whether we already have enough similar items, whether its condition is satisfactory. He hopes that potential donors will not be deterred by his occasional refusals.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Volunteers needed for education work. / Geoff King calls for volunteers to help with schools.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Fitting out the Plunbers' Workshop / The Plumbers' Workshop from Newick will be fitted out with plumbers' tools and materials and examples of the craft from early 1900s. The refurbishment is being carried out by Bob Powell assisted by Richard Murdoch and Bob Lillywhite.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Leaving legacies to the Museum / Urging us to leave money to the Museum by legacy
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Keeping up appearances / The winter has been devoted to repair. The wattle fences round Bayleaf have been renewed by Albert Peacock and Dave Gabbitas, Bob Holman has laid several fences. The Tuesday Gang under John Herniman has tackled the Toll Cottage front room. We are renovating some horse-drawn implements for use by Peter Albon
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Bricks and tiles in Sussex seminar / Molly Beswick is organising a 1-day seminar on Bricks and Tiles in conjunction with the University of Sussex Centre of Continuing Education. Contact Yvonne Barnes
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Assessment of decay in structural timber / Robert Demaus writes an article about his experience in looking for signs of decay in timber buildings.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Friends trip to Normandy / Marjorie Hallam is leading a trip to Normandy in early May, staying in Lisieux and Alencon
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993Woodland porducts training courses / Alan Waters will carry out two training courses in charcoal burning. Tim Wade will hold a training course in chair-bodging.
1993/3Magazine Vol. 4 No. 10 / March 1993New plumbing and masonry exhibition under way / The Plumbing Exhibition in Court Barn is to be completely renewed. The cost will be
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